I have been informed since my last post about these buildings that the correct historical name is “Whiskey Row” rather than “Iron Quarter”. “Iron Quarter” was actually the name of a proposed renovation for the block around 2006 that has since been forfeited. These buildings were constructed in the mid-1800s and got the name “Whiskey Row” from the original whiskey businesses located there.

Today is the first Friday in May, therefore the monthly Downtown Trolley Hop is happening this evening. In order to raise awareness among locals, City Properties Group will be hosting an open house at Whiskey Row Gallery, which is the leftmost building on the Whiskey Row block (above Bearno’s By The Bridge). I will be showing my print of the Whiskey Row block at the gallery and I’ll be taking orders that will help fund the preservation.

If you have some time to get downtown this evening, please come sign the petitions to landmark these buildings (once the buildings are official landmarks of Louisville, demolition is no longer an option for the owners). In order to complete the landmarking process, 200 signatures and $500 must be provided for each building. There are a total of 6 endangered buildings, so a total of $3000 must be raised. The Whiskey Row Gallery is located at 131 W Main Street and will be open from 5:30pm to 9:00pm this evening. I hope to see you there!