Louisville Gardens closed in 2008. | Photo by LOUtoday
From an armory to a 6,000-seat arena, the former Louisville Gardens venue at 525 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. has had a more interesting life than most — and the city welcomes viable proposals to return the space to its previous concert-hall glory.
Originally built as the Jefferson County Armory in 1905, the Beaux Arts-style building was a drill hall and ammunition repository for the local militia + a community events space. Its amenities included a swimming pool, offices, and a rifle range in the basement.
Designed by Brinton B. Davis, the structure cost $450,000 to build — which would be $15 million to construct today. Louisville Metro Government estimates it would cost about $40 million to renovate the building now.
By 1923, the Gardens’ prominence as a community space eclipsed its military uses and by 1963 it was renovated for arena seating + air conditioning. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
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At LOUtoday, we love everything about fall — except the inevitable allergy spike. (No, it’s not just you — allergies are much worse these days.) But — news flash — you don’t have to suffer (read: sneeze) in silence. 🤧
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New York-style bagels are coming to the 502. Maya Bagel Express announced it’s openingat 3029 Poplar Level Rd. near the Audubon Norton Care Center. In addition to serving bagels, Maya also offers pastries, lunch sandwiches + coffee. Currently, no opening date has been set. 🥯
Red Top Hotdogsis closing its Shelby Park-based restaurant at 1127 Logan St. to focus on its food truck. Its final day of service was yesterday. You can still get your Nirvana-style dog — with roasted garlic cream cheese + jalapenos — at pop-up events like Food Truck Wednesdays. 🌭(WDRB)
The James Graham Brown Foundation donated $700,000 to Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest to fund the next phases of Bernheim’s Playcosystem project, which engages children with a natural playground. The phases will include constructing an ADA-compliant treehouse, fencing in 10 acres of forest + arranging 100 tons of boulders for kids to climb. (WLKY)
Texas Roadhouse is bringing its iconic honeycinnamon butter rolls to your home — in candle form. Starting on Fri., Sept. 23, you can pre-order your honey cinnamon candle for $12. Follow the locally-based restaurant chain’s Facebook page for updates on the sale link. 🕯️ (WLKY)
The Omni Hotel Louisville is donating two meals to Dare to Care for every reservation it books this month as part of its “Say Goodnight to Hunger,” program. Each Friday in September, the hotel at 400 S. 2nd St. will also accept nonperishable food item donations. (WHAS11)
The first day of fall — aka the autumn equinox — in the Northern Hemisphere. That means the days will begin slowly growing shorter until the winter solstice on Wed., Dec. 21. We’ve still got some sunshine left, as the 502 won’t have its first sunset before 7 p.m. until Wed., Oct. 19. 🍂 (The Courier-Journal)
Speaking of the first day of fall, Toasty’s Tavern’snew fall menu is here — and it’s bringing back cheese fries. It also has new vegetarian and vegan options like Merguez-spiced vegan meatballs + new cocktails. We can’t wait to try the blackberry spritzerwith house-made Thai basil syrup.
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To celebrate, several state agencies like the Kentucky Heritage Council + State Historic Preservation Office launched the Discover Kentucky Archaeology website, which is home to information on 100+ archaeological sites across 64 counties.
Kentucky’s archaeological record on the website spans from the Paleoindian Period(before 8000 BC) to the Industrial and Commercial Consolidation era from 1915-45.
Each entry includes a summary of the dig + a brief description of why each finding is noteworthy.
Here are two local opportunities to try your hand at excavation.
⛏️ Falls of the Ohio State Park Explore 390 million years’ worth of history in one of the world’s most accessible Devonian-age fossil beds across the river in Clarksville, IN as you hike (or canoe) through the park.
Today’s issue was written by City Editor Sarah.
Editor’s pick: I wanted to be an archaeologistso badly when I was a kid — I was really into learning about ancient Egypt at the time — so seeing the news about the Discover Kentucky Archaeology websitere-lit my fire for natural history.
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