Whiskey Row Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places 6/4/2010 and additional documentation accepted 03/13/2017
Whiskey Row Historic District in Louisville, Kentucky once served as home to the bourbon industry in Louisville, Kentucky. The collection of Revivalist and Chicago School-style buildings with cast-iron storefronts were built between 1852 and 1905.
The Whiskey Row Historic District was listed in the National Register in 2010. New research has determined that The Downtowner, a popular gay bar, occupied the building at 105 West Main Street from 1975-89. This documentation recounts the history of The Downtowner and its significance in the history of gay and lesbian life in Louisville in the two decades following the Stonewall uprising of 1969. 105 West Main Street no longer exists. The Additional Documentation provides information related to the LGBTQ community and their relationship with the district as a whole.
A project through the Underrepresented Community Grant Program, which works to diversify nominations submitted to the National Register of Historic Places, funded the effort to recognize the significance of this property related to LGBTQ history in Louisville.
Link to Additional Documentation
National Register of Historic Places Homepage
101--133 W. Main St., Louisville, KY
Architecture, Engineering, LGBTQ
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Last updated: November 2, 2020