Friday, January 11, 2008

Louisville Trip: A Night At The Brown Hotel

We walked into the Brown Hotel this afternoon and I was immediately speechless. I am a fan of old buildings and architecture so I was in heaven. I have to admit that I had not done my homework about this hotel. I was familiar with the name and the famous Hot Brown dish invented at the hotel, but really did not know a lot about the building itself. Here is a brief excerpt from The Brown Hotel's website.

About The Brown The Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY: "Welcome to The Brown Hotel
Located at the corners of Fourth and Broadway in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, The Brown Hotel is one of Louisville's most treasured landmarks. Built in 1923 at a cost of $4 million by J. Graham Brown, the hotel was a magnet for many prominent guests and celebrities during the 1920s through the 1950s. In 1971, two years after the founder passed away, The Brown closed as a hotel and later reopened as the Board of Education building.
In the early 1980s the building was renovated and reopened as The Brown Hotel and today this stunning 16-story property with a distinctive English Renaissance design is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Brown Hotel's ornate hand-painted plaster relief ceilings, intricately carved railings, decorative crown molding, and other classic architectural details make her one of the finest hotels in the South.

Visitors to The Brown Hotel will find 293 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, over 18,000 square feet of meeting space, a business center, 24-hour fitness center, three restaurants, and the renowned Lobby Bar. The Brown's fine dining restaurant, The English Grill, has been voted 'Louisville's Best Restaurant.' For over 80 years, The Brown has figured prominently into the social life of Louisville and its opulent ballroom is the site of many of the city's most elegant and gracious social functions."

If you want to see some pictures of the hotel here is a link to their photo gallery.

The theatre where we will be watching the comedy show is also an architectural show stopper. The Louisville Palace was opened in 1928, and is lavish Spanish Baroque Revival style design. The building contains fountains, statues,tapestries, and a foyer that boasts a "Ceiling of Celebrities". The ceiling contains 141 medallion faces of famous men, including the Palace's architect John Eberson.
Fourth Street Live, also offers plenty of entertainment for visitors here in Louisville. We are centrally located, only two blocks from the action. There is shopping, live entertainment and restaurants just to name a few things available. I have to say that it is a pretty nice setup for people who want to visit the city. Park your car, check in to your room, and take a short walk to the fun and excitement.
Stay tune for more details on the Louisville Trip

1 Comentário:

smokingbob said...

laughs, love, cigars, and food, sounds like a good time

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