The Henry Clay


Multi-Use Commercial Building


Louisville, KY



Joseph & Joseph + Bravura Architects was the original architects for this building built in 1924. We were selected to convert the 9 story previous Hotel and YWCA into a mixed use building. The design maximizes the use of the space while maintaining the historical character of the building.


Throughout the construction of the project, we designed the construction details to be cost effective using our experience to quickly solve construction problems as they came up. The project was completed on budget. The building currently houses a theater company, restaurants and other retail tenants on the first floor. Meeting and convention space is on floors 2 – 4, including meeting room spaces for a capacity of up to 900 and smaller spaces used for receptions, meetings and lectures. There are 3 floors of apartments and 2 floors of condominiums. The basement was also converted into a parking garage with ramp entrance from outside. Extensive work was done to restore the historic fabric of the building inside and out and bring all the modern conveniences and technology to the spaces.


The renovation was approved by the Kentucky Heritage Council and The National Parks Service for federal and state historic preservation tax credits.


Preservation Awards

  • Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Preservation Award for outstanding examples of restoration or rehabilitation of historic buildings
  • Cornerstone Award – Louisville Downtown Management District
  • Preservation Award – Louisville Historical League