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Levy Building

Louisville, Kentucky

  • Renovation
  • 52,000 SF over 5 floors

About Levy Building

Architectural Investments was selected to transform this historic landmark into a fully functional building for the investors. Built in the 1890s, the building had not been fully utilized for years. There was a thriving commercial use on the first floor, the Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant. However, the upper floors were not yielding an appropriate return. The rehabilitation required structural analysis and extensive work on the building’s exterior including replacement of the existing roof and all exterior trim work and repair of exterior glass. Architectural Investments developed designs for the top floors that emphasized the historic elements. Especially the building’s unique windows, brickwork and paneling originally adorning conference room space, to create loft apartments that would appeal to the upper demographic urban dwellers.

 

The dramatic designs incorporated the large window walls, high ceilings and emphasized functional space. This was especially challenging due to the large floor plates. All electrical and mechanical systems were replaced. Occupancy on the fourth floor required construction be completed in phases, in order to relocate those tenants prior to finalizing new plumbing schematics. The common areas, elevator lobbies and the main lobby were fully updated to ensure an elegant statement to visitors and tenants. The $2.8 million project enabled investors to reach their desired return and continued the active use of a historic landmark into the 21st century.