A stone retaining wall in Irish Hill on the corner of Cooper and Hull Streets has collapsed into the sidewalk. This isn’t your typical two or three foot wall, this wall is much larger at five or six feet tall. A neighbor explained that the collapse happened some time last week and that the owner is currently looking into repair options.
It appears as though the wall farther south on Cooper Street is generally in poor condition and may be in need of repair as well. The collapse does offer a rare glimpse into the wall’s construction. We were surprised to see just how thick the stone wall really is: about two feet. Rubble was apparently packed in behind the wall during construction. There are many stone walls around Louisville that are in danger of similar collapse if not cared for soon. Hopefully this wall will be rebuilt out of stone and not concrete as these walls add a lot of character to Louisville’s historic neighborhoods.