One of Louisville’s least-remembered large tear-down’s occupied a prominent site across the street from the old courthouse, now Metro Hall, on what was then known as Center Street (indicated above). There’s really very little I could find out about the building, but it does appear in several photos from my postcard collection. Now a park, Center Street once provided a terminated vista on the Doric columns of the old courthouse (along with the adjacent Willard Hotel, which I’ll cover later).
Postcards indicate the ten-story building was called the Realty Building, but this demolition photo lists the structure as the Center Building. Built in the Chicago-style by Louisville architect Henry Wolters, it looks to be clad in stone (Wolters also designed the demo’ed Tyler Block east on Jefferson and the Quinn Chapel Church on West Chestnut). While it does feature decorated spandrels between windows and an intricate cornice, it’s overall ornament is more austere than some of Louisville’s other tall historic buildings.