Monday October 20, 2003
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville businessman and philanthropist Owsley Brown Frazier is donating $100,000 to Louisville Metro Government to renovate and furnish the Mayor’s office suite.
Frazier made a similar gift to the community 12 years ago, renovating the mayor’s suite and donating furniture in the old City Hall. The offices now house the Metro Council president.
“Owsley Brown Frazier has generously donated millions of dollars over the years to improve Louisville, its citizens and its institutions,” Abramson said in announcing the gift. “When Owsley made this offer, he told me he wanted Louisville to have a Mayor’s office that lived up to our new status as America’s 16th largest city.”
The renovation work by Frazier’s interior design firm, Bittners, should be complete by the end of the year, Abramson said. An ordinance seeking formal approval of the gift from the Metro Council will be introduced this week.
The improvements are part of a larger effort to “make this building even more of a historic showplace for our community,” Abramson said.
For the past several months, a committee of citizens and Louisville Metro Government staff members has been working together as part of the Metro Hall Historic Reference Committee.
The committee includes members from the Filson Club, Speed Art Museum, the Kentucky Museum of Art + Design, the University of Louisville, Louisville Metro Archives and Louisville Metro Government.
The committee already has placed portraits of former mayors and county judges in the Mayor’s Gallery and added photographs of famous Louisville landmarks to the large conference room. In the coming months, Abramson said the committee will be adding vintage art work on loan from the Speed Art Museum, historic photos from the Filson Club and U of L Archives, an arts and crafts exhibit from the Museum of Art + Design and an Olmsted Parks exhibit from Louisville Metro Archives.
“We hope these changes will showcase the history and heritage of our community,” Abramson said.
The renovation will include re-carpeting the outer lobby and the mayor’ suite, adding a sofa, two chairs and a three-drawer chest for the mayor’s office, re-upholstering existing chairs in the mayor’s office and conference room, replacing desks and chairs in the reception area and replacing lighting and draperies throughout the mayor’s suite.
Metro Government expenses for the project will be less than $5,000 for painting and other work conducted by the Department of Facilities Management.