The Vue at Third has now completely replaced the former Barrington Place Apartments at Third Street and Guthrie Street with a modern, updated look. The Downtown apartment tower dating to 1962 when it opened as the Trinity Towers (hence the crosses embedded in the facade) was purchased last year by Nashville’s Covenant Capital Group for $12.8 million.
And there’s a lot to like about the Vue’s $3 million renovation. Especially 18 floors up on the roof, where you can gaze out on the spectacular, well, view. A former chapel has been transformed into a community room and a terrace with tables and chairs provides an ideal spot for a home-cooked weekend brunch. Similarly, individual apartments have also been updated with bright colors and updated finishes. Making the transformation complete, several large signs were installed around the building to mark its branding on the skyline.
But there’s one thing we distinctly do not like: the new painted limestone along the sidewalk. We spotted crews up on ladders in late February applying a cold gray coat to the old limestone base. On a recent trip back, the job was complete and the paint dry.
We’re not convinced this is an improvement at all. In fact, we’re not sure what to make of the new exterior look, with the building’s original light blue interstitial panels between windows, the royal blue of the new signage, and the dull gray paint. Sure the old stone was grimy with age (or should be say it had a patina?), but that’s nothing a good wash couldn’t fix. It feels like something here was lost.
We should celebrate limestone as a material here in Louisville. It’s the stone that makes up a good portion of the state, and it’s the reason our tap water—and our bourbon—tastes so good. Painting over such a local asset seems, well, superficial.