Whiskey Row Historic District

Whiskey Row Historic District: 103-109 West Main Street, view from north.
Whiskey Row Historic District: 103-109 West Main Street, view from north.

Photograph by Daniel Vivian, courtesy of the Kentucky SHPO

Quick Facts

Location:
101--133 W. Main St., Louisville, KY
Significance:
Architecture, Engineering, LGBTQ
Designation:
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
Yes
MANAGED BY:
Privately Owned
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.

Link to Additional Documentation
 
National Register of Historic Places Homepage

 

Last updated: August 9, 2018