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Formerly the called the Jefferson County Courthouse, Louisville Metro Hall was renamed after the merger of the City of Louisville and Jefferson County governments. Its primary function has changed from being the county courthouse to housing governmental administrative offices.

The building was designed by architect Gideon Shryock. His original plan called for a Doric portico with six columns and a cupola. After his design was amended by government authorities to include only a four-columned portico and no cupola, he resigned. The project was taken over by a second architect, Albert Fink. Construction started in 1837 and was completed in 1842. The building is an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture.

At the time of its construction, it was hoped that Louisville would be chosen as the state capital, and that the building would serve as the state capitol building. However, after Frankfort was chosen to be the state capital, the building became the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Nowadays, two fine statues adorn Louisville Metro Hall. A statue of Henry Clay by Joel Hart is featured in the rotunda, and a statue of Thomas Jefferson by Moses Ezekiel is displayed near the front steps.

Louisville Metro Hall now mainly contains the offices of the Mayor of Louisville Metro, but it also houses the offices of the Jefferson County Clerk and the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court Justice for the Louisville district.

Louisville Metro Hall has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Directions: Louisville Metro Hall is located at 527 West Jefferson Street, in downtown Louisville.

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  • Updated Nov 21, 2010
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