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Property Name Paducah CocaCola Bottling Plant
Reference Number 13000564
State Kentucky
County McCracken
Town Paducah
Street Address 3121 Broadway
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/30/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture, Industry
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The Paducah Coca-Cola Bottling Plant (McN-P-165), at 3121 Broadway in Paducah, Kentucky, meets National Register Criterion A, for its significance in local Industry, and meets Criterion C fcir its local architectural significance. The Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Paducah grew from a family-run single plant operation into a multi-city corporation whose owners had plants in numerous towns in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. This plant served as the headquarters for the Carson family's expanding empire of bottling plants, an early local instance of franchising by a national brand. The family occupied numerous buildings in their 1903-1986 tenure, the nominated property being the most conspicuous and architecturally realized. The nominated property is the fourth and final location of the Paducah Coca-Cola Bottling Plant operating as a major bottler and distribution center for almost fifty years. The property's significance in the history of a small local industry is explored in the context narrative, History of Beverage and Bottling in Paducah, Kentucky, 1880-1986. With the familiar signature ofthe Coca-Cola Company along its facades, the property is also architecturally significant, evaluated within the historic context ofArt Deco Architecture in Paducah, Kentucky 1939-1949. The building is one of three examples of commercial architecture of the Art Deco design in the City of Paducah. The Period of Significance begins in 1939, the original construction date and runs until1963, the conventional end of the historic period, 50 years prior to the nomination. The bottling plant continued to be significant within the historic context until the Carson family sold the building and discontinued operations, in 1986.


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