[Editor’s Note: The Germantown Mill Lofts, a conversion of an old textile mill along Goss Avenue in Schnitzelburg, is under construction and will bring nearly 200 new apartments to one of Louisville’s most walkable neighborhoods. Before the entire building is transformed, developer Jeff Underhill at Underhill Associates took Broken Sidewalk photographer Diane Deaton-Street on a tour of the complex. Here’s what she saw.]
I moved to Louisville ten years ago and this was one of the first buildings that caught my attention when it was known as the Louisville Antique Mall. Even though it was packed full with furniture and antiques, I got the sense that it hadn’t changed much since it’s original use as a mill. It’s one of those special places that make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Seeing it now completely empty made me aware of just how massive it is and I was able to appreciate the patina on the walls and floors. I feel privileged to have photographed it before this major change and I’m excited to see the outcome of the redevelopment.