As interest in Kentucky bourbon grows, construction has begun on a $4 million visitor center for the Wild Turkey distillery in Lawrenceburg.
The AP reports:
Gov. Steve Beshear was among officials who attended a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the facility, which is expected to open in April, ahead of a new 125,000-square-foot packaging facility, which is set to open next fall.
Officials said the center will tell the about the history of the brand, which traces its roots to the 1800s, and broaden Wild Turkey’s role in the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a tourist attraction that highlights six distilleries in the state.
The building itself was designed by Louisville architects De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, who say:
The design concept is inspired by local building, material and craft precedents specific to the Kentucky region and the Wild Turkey Bourbon brand. By alluding to these conceptual precedents in an abstract manner, the Visitor’s Center design presents a building that is simultaneously familiar and new-bridging tradition and modernity.In a similar vein, the material palette for the project places an emphasis on conventional elements and construction techniques. Through careful detailing and assembly, humble materials have the potential to become extraordinary.