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Friday, April 8, 2011

German Insurance Bank Building - Louisville, KY

German Insurance Bank Building - Louisville, KY

The German Insurance Bank Building was built in Downtown Louisville in 1887. Today, the building is inhabited by Godsey Associates Architects who bought the building when it had been neglected for years and restored it to its current great condition.

It was designed in a Second Empire, Romanesque and Classical style by one of Louisville's noted German architects, Charles D. Meyer. It is rich in detail and made from Indiana Limestone. The clock tower was a popular local landmark and still lights up at night. The tower is square with a mansard roof. On each face of the roof is a clock. The roof is articulated by a cornice with brackets, and dentils. The tower has one window encased in stone.

At the Start of World War I, the bank was renamed the Liberty National Bank in 1918. Since then, it had been threatened with demolition more than once and at one time also housed the local United Way headquarters. Today, it is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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