New facade on the Jefferson Centre building
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A four-story cast-iron storefront structure on First Street between Market and Jefferson Streets is getting a facelift. Once called the 222 Building, the refurbished structure will be called the Jefferson Centre.

Scaffolding covers 222 First Street
Scaffolding covers 222 First Street. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)

The first phase of the project, construction of a parking garage for the building around the corner on Jefferson Street, is ongoing and the top level is expected to be poured next week. Today, scaffolding was covering the front facade of the 222 Building in preparation for construction.

The building’s old facade was, to put it mildly, uninspiring. Composed of EIFS, exterior insulated finishing system, the historic structure appears flat and the taupe color makes it dull. A new “synthetic stucco” facade will be applied above the ground floor cast-iron to create the look of brick and stone with a protruding cornice at the top. The design was handled by MRP Associates of Louisville. Construction is expected to take about four weeks.

The 222 Building before renovations
The 222 Building before renovations. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)
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