Here is the story from WFPL:

Preservation Louisville has released its annual lists of the ten most endangered historic places and top ten preservation successes.

Topping the list of successes was Patrick O’Shea’s at 2nd and Main Streets. Topping the endangered list was the as-yet undeveloped Iron Quarter, directly to the east.

Many of the most endangered buildings have histories similar to the Iron Quarter—they were purchased, but not developed and have fallen into a state of disrepair.

Preservation Louisville executive director Marianne Zickuhr says she hopes the lists will spur the owners of endangered properties to seek funding to preserve their buildings.

“There are several programs like Metro Louisville’s façade loan program, like the Kentucky historic preservation tax credit, there are also a federal historic preservation tax credits for commercial projects, many of which are being used,” she says.

Preservation groups have released lists of endangered sites Louisville for years.  This is the third year for the list of successes.

And here are the top ten lists:

Top Ten Most Endangered Historic Places

  1. Whiskey Row 105-119 W. Main (Iron Quarter)
  2. Historic properties in the proposed bridge route
  3. Victorian house on Frankfort
  4. Shotgun houses
  5. Park Hill District
  6. Colonial Gardens
  7. Water Co. Block buildings
  8. Corner store fronts
  9. Ouerbacker House
  10. Art Deco Buildings

Top Ten Preservation Successes

  1. Patrick O’Sheas (Whiskey Row)
  2. Riverside – The Farnsley Moormen Landing – Chapel
  3. Thomas Edison House
  4. SAR – Fulton Conway
  5. Locust Grove
  6. The Blind Pig
  7. Firehouse – Shelby and Main streets
  8. Howard Steamboat Museum
  9. GQ Unlimited
  10. Trolley barns

What are your thoughts? It’s interesting that the #1 developments from each list are on the same block.

If you would like to hear the reasoning behind each decision, here is the mp3 of Preservation Louisville executive director Marianne Zickuhr explaining how the group compiled the lists.