Last month, we took a look at the portion of the old Vermont American building at Main and Jackson streets that’s being demolished to push a 12-lane elevated highway through Downtown Louisville. While the consequences of that size of a highway in an urban area are pretty dire, the one small piece of good news is that the plan won’t raze structures not directly in its way, like the western half of the VA building.
Here’s a view of the structure from 1948 from the University of Louisville Photographic Archives when it was known as the American Elevator & Machine Company building (photoshopped, of course) offering a rare glimpse of the building in better condition (and with proper windows). While the portion to be torn down dates to 1905, a round stone on a now-missing pediment of the corner building reveals that the remaining portion was built in 1902. A faint painted advertising mural on the south side of an adjacent building still reads “American Elevator.”