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The Filson to host public opening for “Forgotten Foundations”

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Filson Historical Society will host a public exhibit opening for Forgotten Foundations: Louisville’s Lost Architecture on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, from 4:30-5:45 p.m. This exhibit is curated by Jana Meyer and Danielle Spalenka.

Forgotten Foundations explores the rise, fall, and revitalization of the urban core. For much of its history, Downtown Louisville was the foundation and heart of the city. Downtown became a hub for many businesses in a post-Civil War building boom. Grand buildings with intricate architectural details were a visual symbol of Louisville’s growing economic power. But as people and businesses relocated to the suburbs, downtown saw a major decline. Buildings once seen as architectural gems were now perceived as outdated. Urban renewal and the expansion of expressways meant that many buildings foundational to the city were demolished. This exhibit will remember what was lost through architectural and photographic records left behind.

The opening reception will feature refreshments and short remarks from the curator and sponsors at 5:30 p.m. All participants must register in advance. To register for this event, please visit This event is free and open to the public.

Forgotten Foundations: Louisville’s Lost Architecture is generously sponsored by Stock Yards Bank and Trust.

After the opening, the Filson will host Michael Koch for a lecture on his book, Close to Home, which presents the author’s creative, award-winning work and introduces readers to the simple elegance of his designs and meaningful contributions he has made to the landscape of Kentucky. Close to Home is an associated program with Forgotten Foundations, and features projects within a 15-mile radius of Louisville. This event is separate from the exhibit opening and will require a separate registration. “Close to Home” is open to the public, but registration is required. Close to Home is free and open to the public.

“Forgotten Foundations” is open for viewing Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Filson Historical Society, 1310 S. 3rd Street, Louisville. Tours of the exhibit and grounds are free, but reservations are strongly encouraged.

For more information about this exhibit, please contact Maureen Lane, Curator of Museum Collections at gro.l1720850472aciro1720850472tsihn1720850472oslif1720850472@neer1720850472uam1720850472 or (502) 635-5083. For more information on Filson events, please visit