The Louisville Glassworks Lofts
815 W. Market St.
Total units: 33 (rental)
Lofts: 33 units
Unit size: 782-2,625 sf
Year built: 1910
Last renovated: 2001
Even though this is a rental property (presently–it has been hinted that it will turn to condos with the current renters having the first shot at the property), Glassworks building holds the penultimate lofts in Louisville. The Glassworks building was one of the first high-profile residential redevelopment projects in downtown Louisville, renovated by downtown Louisville developer Bill Weyland. The lofts feature huge windows that cover entire walls with great views of the city. The rooftop deck is another great feature of the building–a perfect place to enjoy a drink and watch the sunset reflect against the windows of the downtown office buildings. The rooftop deck is often the location of celebrations and gatherings–I’ve enjoyed it on several occasions and would encourage a visit if you ever have the chance. The lofts themselves feature full open plans with concrete floors and . Features of the original building, including concrete staircases, huge concrete pillars, and massive steel doors with counterweighted pulleys, were preserved in the conversion into lofts from its former industrial purpose.
The lower floors feature a glass-blowing studio and gallery while the Jazz Factory, a great place to catch a live jazz set on the weekend while munching on tapas, is located in the basement.
The Louisville Glassworks Lofts are located at the Ninth Street exit/entrance to I-64–a fitting gateway to downtown. They will soon have neighbors across the street as the parking lot is developed into new pair of buildings to house the headquarters for Zirmed.