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Preservation Louisville Presents 2009 List of Endangered Real Estate

An organization created to save Louisville's distinctive and vanishing homes and buildings recently presented its 2009 list of endangered properties. An article published in the Louisville Courier-Journal describes a presentation given by the organization that was an overview of the group's successes and its current targets of endangered Louisville real estate. The program was presented at Bearno's Building on Louisville's architecturally rich and diverse Whiskey Row. Speakers at the presentation included Marianne Zickuhr, executive director of Preservation Louisville Inc., Robert Griffith, president of the board of directors of Preservation Louisville, Anne Arensberg, the Kentucky adviser to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Mark Dennen, executive director of the Kentucky Heritage Council. The group is dedicated to preserving Louisville's unique architectural flavor and its eclectic mix of shotgun houses, Victorian frame houses, distinctive and historic commercial buildings and other noteworthy examples of Louisville real estate. The city's endangered shotgun houses comprise 10 percent of the total housing stock in Louisville and exemplify a popular Southern style of homebuilding in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This style of house was extremely popular with homebuilders and homebuyers throughout the south from New Orleans to as far north as Louisville. The group has targeted several buildings in addition to the shotgun houses found in downtown Louisville and in other areas of the city. The list of endangered buildings includes the Louisville Water Co. block, a Victorian house at 2225 Frankfort Ave., Engine 7—the city's and the nation's oldest firehouse, the University of Louisville Dentistry Department, the old industrial Park Hill district, as well as other properties on Whiskey Row and the Samuel...
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