Categories: Community

Preservationists, City Begin Talks On Future Of Camp Taylor Building

Preservationists and Louisville Metro Government officials are in early talks to salvage materials from the old Camp Taylor Motor School Building and incorporate them into a new structure.

Until recently, the century old building was used as a maintenance facility at Joe Creason Park. It’s the last remaining major structure from the World War I Camp Taylor training facility but is on the verge of collapse.

Ken McQuire with the Camp Taylor Historical Society said they’d like to use the large wooden trusses and other features from the building for a museum-type attraction.

“We would use a lot of material from the existing building to add decorative features to make it look like it was built from that,” McQuire said. “But because some of the material is not very sound, and building codes and things like that, it would be kind of a decorative application.”

He said it’s early in the process and there’s much work to be done before any decisions are made on the future of the building and the site.

“They’re going to do a survey and a study for the space and the site and what it’s going to take to reclaim the building, put a new building up and build this other facility,” McQuire said.

He said the cost of the project could amount to millions of dollars, so his group hopes to launch a fundraising campaign.

Metro Parks plans to tear down the old building this winter.

The structure, originally called the Motor School Garage, was built in late 1918 as part of the sprawling Camp Taylor facility. That’s where more than 100,000 young men underwent training before shipping out to Europe to fight in World War I.

Rick Howlett

Rick Howlett has been with WFPL since 2001 and has held many different titles, including Morning Edition Host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. In addition to his duties as Broadcast Managing Editor, Rick produces radio features and spot stories. His beats include the Indiana General Assembly and the region's passion for sports.

Recent Posts

NCAA Tournament: U of L Advances to Women’s Elite Eight

Cardinals will face Oregon State at noon Sunday for a chance to advance to the Final Four

2 hours ago

Strange Fruit: Seeing Suicide Through A Non-White Lens

Sociologist Kimya Dennis says suicide is often viewed in African-American communities as a "white people problem" — but that's a…

4 hours ago

Republicans Writing Budget For First Time In Kentucky History

Kentucky legislative leaders said they made progress after the first day in state history that Republicans were in control of…

17 hours ago

Kentucky Politics Distilled: Republicans’ First Budget

The only thing lawmakers are required by law to do during this year’s session is pass a balanced budget detailing…

17 hours ago

Kentucky’s Solar Industry Working To Rewrite Net Metering Bill

Kentucky solar advocates want state regulators to consider the benefits of residential solar, but they say that won’t happen under…

20 hours ago

New Smoketown Clinic Wants To Go Beyond Primary Care

The Smoketown Family Wellness Center will offer pediatric care, cooking classes, diabetes prevention programs, a food pantry, exercise classes and…

21 hours ago