Louisville has several claims to fame, most involving athletics. An outlier, perhaps, is Louisville's pride in its iron front buildings along main street. Much effort is put into preserving them, even if that means that only their facades survive, as is the case along part of West Main Street. Join us today as we look at these strange structures.
|View from the west. The plywood covered windows have been decorated with decals.|
|Rear view of the four buildings, now departed.|
|Aerial photo, from Bing.|
|A now-exterior wall on the building nextdoor.|
Another shot of the front shows the steel skeletons that now support the facade, given the absence of floors. The blue sky makes for interesting photo effects.
|Shot from across Main Street.|
|Another rear shot. The empty space is quite large.|
|Another building along Main Street. The red cone is a memorial to the 1890 tornado that swept through the area.|
|Part of 8th street is closed, as these shores would be quite a traffic obstacle.|
With any luck, this pictures will be archived by Google, and in 15 or 20 years people will view them, reflecting on how poor Main Street looked in some spots. I believe the situation is temporary, but one never knows.
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