Bakery Square in Butchertown is getting a makeover. Rick and Lisa Schardein’s CurrentProperties company received $ 34,500 today for the renovation of the three-story building located at 1324 East Washington Street at the corner of Webster Street.
The Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corporation (METCO) provided the loan to help with a total of $ 70,500 in exterior renovations to the building. The work should include painting and repairing the windows and the facade of the building. A call to Rick Schardein requesting further details has not been returned as of the date of this posting.
The Schardeins own the Current360 branding and advertising company, located in Bakery Square.
According to a story on the Bakery Square website, the building dates back to 1870, when it was a chair factory. From the more recent history of the building:
In 2002, a group of owners led by Rick Schardein acquired the venerable building and relocated the Louisville CurrentMarketing advertising agency to the site. As the headquarters of CurrentMarketing, Bakery Square has benefited from significant upgrades including T1 lines for high speed internet, new roofs and awnings, extensive landscaping and all new windows installed under the control of the Historic Monument Commission. . CurrentMarketing now occupies almost the entire 1st floor, while the 2nd and 3rd floors are rented space for a variety of businesses, from general contractors to fine artists.
In 2011, CurrentProperties acquired the property adjacent to the west at 1320 East Washington Street and connected it to the historic Bakery Square via a courtyard entrance. The neighboring building now houses Studio Nulu, a state-of-the-art photography and video production facility.
Read the full build history here.
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