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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

City Helps Family Get Dream Home

Thursday November 8, 2007

A Louisville family will have a new home built in a week, thanks to the ABC network show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Several city agencies have quietly made preparations to ensure the show had all the necessary permits and access to demolish and rebuild the house within the program’s stringent schedules.

“We are excited to be part of this life-changing event for the Hughes family,” said Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson. “The family is well-known in our community, and when Extreme Makeover: Home Edition contacted us for help in planning this huge project, we were happy to join local builder Elite Homes and lend a hand.”

Patricia and Patrick John Hughes’ 19-year-old son, Patrick Henry, was born blind and without the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs, leaving him unable to walk. Despite those circumstances, Patrick Henry began playing piano as a toddler. He also excels at the trumpet and at singing. Patrick Henry is a member of the University of Louisville School of Music Marching and Pep Band, and his father, Patrick John, maneuvers his son’s wheelchair through the formations with the other 220-plus band members. Patrick Henry has been featured on ESPN, Good Morning America, ABC Nightly News, and Sports Illustrated. He was also the winner of the 2006 Disney Wide World of Sports Spirit Award.

The Hughes family learned Wednesday morning that they would receive a new home courtesy of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Demolition on the Hughes’ old home begins on Friday, and crews will work around the clock for the next week to complete the project. The family will see their new home for the first time on Nov. 14.

“A project this large requires a great deal of planning,” said Bill Schreck, city director of Inspections, Permits and Licenses. “We were glad to be able to help the builders get what they need in order to complete this house in a remarkably short period of time.”

The city helped planners get the proper demolition and building permits, as well as helped research the property site to troubleshoot any potential problems. Louisville Metro Police will oversee traffic and crowd control, while the Buechel Fire Department will handle fire response and basic emergency medical treatment.

Call for Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to pick up trash, serve food and handle other tasks throughout the week, particularly overnight. If you would like to volunteer, you must register through the builders, Elite Built Homes. Visit their website at and follow the instructions noted by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Skilled volunteers are no longer needed for the home’s construction.

If You Go:

Spectators are welcome at the site throughout construction. Do not drive to the construction site as you will not be allowed in without a permit. Instead, go to the old Showcase Cinemas parking lot at 3408 Bardstown Road, where you may catch one of the continuous shuttles to the site from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


For interviews and tours, contact William Arbaugh at 494-5686 (office) or
812-948-6216 (cell).