Friday, November 20, 2009
The 800 Apartments, Louisville
You have to look hard for mid-century modern architecture in Louisville, but it does exist. Case in point, The 800 Apartments downtown, completed in 1963 and considered the very height of luxury at the time. At 29 stories, it was the tallest building in the city until the Citizens Fidelity Tower (now PNC) was completed in 1971.
It was designed by Arrasmith and Tyler of Chicago.
Looking straight up at the 800's distinctive turquoise curtain wall.
Groovy decorative block graces the drive to the entrance.
What this porte cochere with its suspended roof needs is a 1963 Imperial.
The old girl is looking a bit tired these days but perhaps now that mid century architecture is very hot again, the 800 will enjoy a sensitive and responsible restoration (keep it turquoise).