(The author is doing his part to make sure that we all stay healthy and working, as much as we can. Don’t worry mom. I’m being careful.)
The dust has not settled yet at the new The Louisville Thoroughbred Society. Hang around for a second or two, though, and someone is likely to give you a broom and a job. Sweep this. Bag that. Move here. Hold it there. It is our version of dusk till dawn. We call it “dust to the dawning.”
You walk from room to room and you suddenly see why.
John toils alone in the soon-to-be “Library.” He is installing his hand-built wooden panels that decorate the brilliant white, subway bricks that border the room. Each panel attached to the brick one by one. Each panel sanded by hand. Each groove carved to perfection. Each panel created by vision of an artisan, with a space atop every single one that will allow for hidden LED, back-lighting cables.
In the main room, a man directs his fork lift — which is carrying a pallet of brand, spanking, sparkling new kitchen and bar equipment. Installation of the cooking and drinking gear will begin — and end — in earnest and fruition this week. The prep kitchen is ready to meet its’ newest friends. Both the main bar and the prestigious “Cigar Bar” await the new coolers.
A group of metal workers are fitting the “LTS Dine Room,” preparing it for a concrete wall and new brick facade. The doorway connecting to the “Library” has been cut and is now ready for use. Only a plastic curtain separates the two new rooms. Soon, metal studs will be added; the brick work and louvered doors will be attached. An amazing opening onto the roof-top will soon allow our members and guests a premium dinning and entertainment venue with spectacular views all around.
The columns for the new “Cigar Pavilion” that will overlook Washington Street, are about ready for their concrete mix. Soon, that structure will rise from the top floor of the new parking garage. It will open up towards the rooftop green space and look directly at the “LTS Dine Room” at the Main Street end of the building.
Another person is putting the finishing touches on the South elevator. The brick work around the entrances to each floor has been completed. Soon, it will be ready to carry the first members and guests to their destination.
Overlooking Washington Street, a team of workers are installing 36 windows. Six on each floor. All of which closely resemble the windows that were first installed generations ago, and nearly match the original look of the Hughes building when it was erected in the late 1800s.
In the basement, another couple of licensed electricians and plumbers are finishing up the utility shaft — which will carry all the power cords and pipes.
Next week, workers will begin to sand the original hard-wood floors — which are the same masterpieces that were first set into place in the year 1900. That was 120 years ago. They will get a new coat of stain, which we are sure will quench their thirst. And, then to top it off, a round (or two) of varnish to bring them to the life they so richly deserve.
Next week, the Audio-Video team will begin erecting metal brackets for all the televisions and monitors that will be situated throughout the massive complex. Nearly 30 television screens will soon be added to each room.
After that, our partners at United Tote will be shipping in and firing up our pari-mutuel machines. There will be 12 of them, to allow members and their guests the ability to watch and wager on the premises.
While the world has suddenly screeched to a sudden halt — what with the horrible and tragic news each day of more people stricken with the COVID-19 virus — our construction crews have managed to continue to work on. All of them practicing safe distancing from another worker. All of them doing everything they can to remain safe and healthy. All of them soldiering on. All of them healthy — knock on wood (and we have a lot of that in our historic space).
Soon, we hope that the world will be better. Soon, we hope that the world’s peoples will be much better and healthy again. Soon, we hope that we all can get back to what we do best: live life.
We hope to be waiting for you when that day comes. With open doors. And, better yet, open arms.
We hope to be waiting for you when that day comes. With the brand new The Louisville Thoroughbred Society.
Take another peek inside.
(The front of the Hughes Lofts got a serious face lift and the new “LTS Dine Room” is being added on the right)
(The new front door to the Hughes Lofts has now been fully installed. Just awaiting its final paint job.)
(The entrance foyer of the Hughes Lofts is getting a total refurbishing, with a new tile floor to match the original and reapplication of some of the original tin ceiling.)
(The work on the South Elevator is nearly done. Some of the old brick — removed from other parts of the building — have been repurposed around the shafts. The new entrance foyer to the LTS is both beautiful and historic)
(The LTS entrance foyer and the hallway that leads to the “Library” and the “LTS Dine Room.”
(John continues his work on the hand-built wood panels in the “Library.” Each will get a dose — or two — of deep rich green paint to add some color and character to one of the most prestigious rooms in the LTS facility. Once completed, this room will have a working fireplace; book shelves; and, of course, TVS and a betting machine.)
(Kitchen and bar equipment arrived on Monday, April 6. Installation will begin on Tuesday, April 7. All of the kitchen and bar equipment should be fully installed within a week to 10 days. Soon, the food will be piping. Soon, the drinks will be chilling.)
(Outside, the work continues, as well. The metal studs and framing are going up to enclose the “Conservatory” looks on each floor. Windows are being framed in. Workers are preparing for the final rounds of concrete for the walls to the outdoor green roof and the columns for the “Cigar Pavilion. Look at that view, will you?)
(A look from the LTS “Conservatory.” Soon, metal framing will be done here, as well. The enclosure is coming soon.)
(Gas lines are ready to be hung with meters, with care. The view of the Hughes Lofts from Washington Street. Scaffolding allows workers to instal the new historic windows. And, the all important utility conduits are ready to feed power lines and telecom to the floors above. Infrastructure is so beautiful.)
(As Denny Crane would say on the great TV Series Boston Legal: “We are locked and loaded.”