Architecturally, Louisville's Broadway was once an avenue to compare favorably with many of the grand avenues of the great cities of the world. Monumental architecture in the form of public buildings and handsome residences lined the street. Now, planners are trying to come up with ways to beautify a street that has essentially become an eyesore.
Norton Hall of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (built 1895) evoked the civic architecture of Flanders. It was razed to make way for a bus station. That art deco bus station (which had some merits in its own right) was in turn razed when a new bus station opened in the 1970s on Jefferson St., leaving a huge vacant lot on Broadway.
The land occupied by the seminary and the Warren Memorial Church is now a car dealership.
Louisville After the Bombings?
ALL HOPE IS NOT LOST
After nearly complete destruction in February 1945 at the end of World War II, see what can
be done to rebuild a historic city center.
Click here to see absolutely amazing photos of the ongoing reconstruction of Dresden
(...reconstruction begun in 2002, and what has Louisville done in that time??)
Dresden 1980s <<nearly same view>> Dresden 2000s
(By the way, although begun as a public project to restore a
world heritage site,
the reconstruction of Dresden has now gotten far enough along that the real estate values have skyrocketed.
Remaining un-reconstructed parcels are going for around $6000 per square yard just for the right to rebuild
historically faithful reproductions of former buildings ...including a palace...on the site. check this out)
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