Metro Hall’s 6th Street Entrance Will Re-Open

Earlier today, Metro Councilcritter President Tom Owen announced that work to refurbish the Sixth Street entrance of Metro Hall is beginning. The goal, according to a press release, is to make access easier for the public.

“Over the years, budget concerns and security issues closed the main entrance to this wonderful historic building,” said Owen. “As we see sidewalks being rebuilt and major construction and restorations along many of our main city streets, it is time to restore a city government building that has served the public well.”

In a few days, crews will begin work to restore the steps and main area of the entrance. The work will include wood replacement and refurbishment, plaster repair and painting. It is expected that the work will take approximately three to four weeks.

“When the work is completed, we are reviewing plans and will work with the administration to once again make the main entrance available to the public for easy access to the Metro Government’s legislative body,” says Owen. “We are working on plans to again, utilize a central location for the public with appropriate signage for those who have business with the Metro Council.”

Some pictures, courtesy the council:

If you are at all nerds like us, this news makes you feel somewhat excited.

5 thoughts on “Metro Hall’s 6th Street Entrance Will Re-Open

  1. The funny thing is, that isn’t even technically the “main” entrance – if you go to the address that the building uses – 601 W. Jefferson – it’s a door that has been closed off for decades.

  2. But that said, I rejoice at the decision, as it is sooo very tacky to force people to come into the building through the back door, and on once side, off the frigging alley. And I agree open the doors to the courthouse, too.

  3. JTT is correct about the “main” entrance being on Jefferson Street, not Sixth. What he may or may not know is that the Sixth Street side of the building was intended to be the much smaller side. John Andrewartha, the Louisville-based architect who designed the building, planned an impressive and enormous building which would have fronted on Jefferson all the way to the middle of the block, to what is now the Revenue Fund building and was then a fire station. Between the two, where the City Hall Annex is now, was the former jail. In the end, only the eastern third of Andrewartha’s plan was constructed.

  4. Cool! I love history like that. If you go inside that area between City Hall and the Revenue bulding and look up, you’ll see the old Police Court portico, too. I love finding little archtectural tidbits.

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