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Work Begins to Replace City Hall Fire Escape

Thursday December 1, 2011

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (December 1, 2011 ) –A highly-visible feature of Louisville’s City Hall is getting a makeover. A new exterior stair tower will replace the old fire escape, built during the 1940’s, on the north side of the building. Construction on the project begins today.

The tower will consist of four large steel columns with a steel cap reminiscent of City Hall’s cornice. It will also reflect details of the historic building’s limestone architecture and features decorative glass panels. The stair tower will be completely freestanding, with landings projecting to the building’s edge.

The central tower will be painted to match the building’s limestone while the staircase will be painted to match its historic wrought iron.

It was designed by Metro Public Works, Sullivan & Cozart and Studio Kremer Architects to meet current codes while incorporating historic landmark requirements.

The project also includes replacing the sidewalk and curb at the corner of 6th Street and Congress Alley.

The sidewalk on the west side of 6th Street will be closed today, Thursday, December 1st, as work gets underway. The 6th Street entrance to Congress Alley will remain closed throughout the project and through traffic will not be allowed. Seventh Street access to Congress Alley and the Congress Alley building entrance will remain open during the course of the project.

The total cost of the project is approximately $400,000 from Life Safety and Security bond funding. Steel construction is expected to be completed by early 2012, with painting to follow next spring.

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