On August 1st, we took a look at the old Ash Street Station / Hartstern Grocery that was recently destroyed by fire, but across the street on the corner of Shelby and Bergman streets sat another historic building that no longer exists. A Sanborn map from 1890 lists the building as the Louisville Soap Company and notes the upper floors of the timber-framed building were filled with tanks of soap. The southern portion of the building facing railroad tracks featured a brick turret that likely matched a smaller building opposite the L&N tracks.
The structure sat at a slight bend in Shelby Street so it would have held a prominent position as it terminated the southward view (simulated below). The building also terminated the westward view of Ash Street.
By 1930, food-producer Van Camp’s, known for their beans, occupied the building along with many other adjacent properties. I could find little information on the demise of the building, but today, the site sits empty as a parking lot. Anyone know the rest of the story? Please share in the comments.