Wednesday December 15, 2010
For Immediate Release:
Office of the President
Louisville Metro Council
COntact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
The Main Entrance to Historic City Hall is once again open for the public’s business after a small informal dedication ceremony by Metro Council President Tom Owen (D-8) on Wednesday.
“It is my hope the public will have an easier time now in meeting with their elected representatives of the Legislative Branch of this Metro Government.” said Owen. “No longer will anyone have to guess just where is the front door of a building designed to serve the people.”
In August, Owen allocated the funding for the renovation of the Main Entrance that included restoration of plaster work in the portico leading into City Hall. The work also included refinishing the woodwork along with relighting and painting the stairway. The historic building was first opened for business in 1871 after its initial construction.
In the lobby area, there will be a new security guard on duty during formal business hours of the Metro Council. Those hours will be from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. The Main Entrance will be open for extended hours on nights of Metro Council meetings.
Owen, a historian and archivist of the University of Louisville, made reopening the main entrance one of his top priorities while President.
“We have seen a resurgence of economic development on Main Street Downtown. There have been many restorations of Metro Hall (formerly the Jefferson County Courthouse), it was time to take care of this historic structure,” said Owen. “Restoring this unique building adds to the resurgence of our downtown.”
Over the years, through budget constraints and security concerns, the Main Entrance was closed to the public.
“We have listened to the complaints about how difficult it is to navigate through the basement of this building, if you want to come and either attend a committee meeting or just visit with a council member,” said Owen. “The public can still use the Jefferson Street entrance but it is my hope this will be a better way.”
The renovation work cost a total of just under $30,000 and was paid for through carryover funds in the Metro Council Budget.
There is also new signage in the first floor lobby to show where the Metro Council President, Council Clerk and other Council member offices are located.
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