You have spoken and the votes are tallied and we can now name your choice for Best New Landmark of 2009. Congratulations to Presentation Academy for their Arts & Athletics Center on the corner of Fourth and Breckinridge streets in the SoBro neighborhood!
Broken Sidewalk teamed up with local architect and historian Steve Wiser to ask what you thought of newly built architecture and monuments in Louisville and we’re astounded at the response. In all, we received over 370 votes for a wide range of projects. Here’s the rundown of the top five:
- Presentation Academy – 125 Votes
- Chamberlain Pointe – 59 Votes
- ZirMed Towers – 55 Votes
- St. Mary Academy – 46 Votes
- Lincoln Memorial – 15 Votes
Congratulations to the top five vote recipients for garnering the public’s support and for all 18 projects that received votes. Here’s what you had to say about the buildings you voted for:
- Readers overwhelmingly praised the architectural detail and continuity of Presentation Academy‘s new addition with its original 19th century building and with the surrounding neighborhood. Many commented that new growth in the historic neighborhood is welcome and refreshing providing life to the corner.
- Respondents favoring the Chamberlain Pointe project weren’t so talkative but were refreshed that new suburban development isn’t just a cookie-cutter strip mall. Readers were happy to see the building’s facade broken into individual components resembling human scale buildings.
- Votes for the ZirMed Towers remarked on the striking juxtaposition of old and new architecture surrounding the structure as well as the building’s materiality of industrial concrete and smooth blue glass. Many compared the reflections in the glass to the facets of a diamond and enjoyed how the building emulates the spirit of the ZirMed Corporation itself. And, of course, several readers found it refreshing that new development is happening on the western edges of Downtown.
- Entries praised St. Mary Academy for bringing back the traditional image of the schoolhouse while blending with the architecture of nearby Norton Commons and the rural nature of surrounding farmland. Several reported a calming effect brought about by its design.
- The majority of readers who voted for the Lincoln Memorial felt that the project would stand the test of time as a true landmark. Several guided their decision by a more fundamental idea of the word landmark and what it should represent in a community. Connections to Kentucky history were also cited.
- Notable comments for other projects included praise for the Cliff View Terrace‘s attention to urban form, sustainability, and innovative structural system, admiration for the Clinical & Translational Research Building‘s unique, cutting edge design that reflects the advanced research going on inside, and pointed out the McAlpine Locks & Shippingport Bridge‘s vast economic boon to the city as well as its long history and the design of the bridge.
But let’s not forget the other winners. We announced that two respondents would be selected at random to receive Steve Wiser’s new book Louisville Tapestry and his DVD Louisville Landmarks and Legends. Because the turnout was so high, we’re going to select a third random winner to receive Louisville 2035, another of Steve’s great books pondering what the next twenty years of development in Louisville might hold.
Hold the drum roll, the three winners of our contest are Neil Curran, Jill O’Bryan, and Mark Lichtefeld. Congratulations all around. If your name doesn’t appear here, don’t despair. You can still acquire a copy of Steve Wiser’s books or DVD for yourself or someone special this holiday season. More details on purchasing them are available on Steve’s website Wiser Designs.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Best New Landmark of 2009 survey!