LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A $6.2 million renovation is underway on the Louisville Water Tower on River Highway.

Crews are already placing scaffolding in place to start Changing steel on the skin of the constructing. The wooden can also be being changed inside the tower to forestall moisture buildup.

Water Tower Park is a nationwide historic landmark that additionally serves as a venue area for occasions and weddings. However the facility is 162 years previous and exhibiting its age.

The renovation venture can be achieved in three phases and can embrace repairs to the pump station, in keeping with Kelley Dearing Smith from the Louisville Water Firm.

“We’re repairing items inside. We’re updating the waterworks museum which tells the story of Louisville’s consuming water and we’re including an acoustic system. Folks lease this facility for weddings and particular occasions and it will likely be a a lot better expertise after we are achieved with the venture,” Dearing Smith stated.

Plans embrace updates to the inside and exterior together with repainting the ability, including sound-proofing to the Grand Corridor, fixing drainage points, constructing a brand new dressing space and including storage.

The ultimate part will embrace placing 10 statues again on the constructing. The statues are of Greek and Roman gods and goddesses are being restored in Washington, DC

The 185 toes tall tower is not operational for water manufacturing, however it’s an iconic landmark alongside the Ohio River. The tower was inbuilt 1860 for the unique water works. The tower encloses a standpipe that helped management the drive of big steam engines that pulled water from the Ohio River for Louisville Water’s operations.

The Water Tower additionally underwent a restoration in 1890 when a twister toppled the shaft of the then-wooden construction. It crushed a lot of the brick base of the balustrade. Solely two of the statues survived. The tower was rebuilt with forged iron.

Through the restoration, the WaterWorks Museum can also be getting updates with interactive parts. The museum will proceed to do digital training occasions in the course of the venture.

The venture is scheduled to be achieved in April 2023.

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