Phoenix Hill Church reopens as luxury apartments and lofts | New

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A Louisville church built in 1867 is now home to dozens of high-end, high-end apartments.

[email protected] in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood officially held its grand opening on Wednesday, though some tenants have been living there for several months.

Although new inside, the old charm of the 1800s is not far away.

“We basically built a building within a building,” said Josh Lindley, senior vice president of acquisitions at Haven Residential. “I’m very excited about this project. It’s been a lot of fun. It’s been very difficult. But, more importantly, I’m thrilled it’s done.”

In addition to the one- and two-bedroom apartments, there are four two-story lofts, each with high-end finishes, a den, and towering original windows leading to a literal cathedral ceiling nearly 50 feet high.

“The rafters, in particular, were actually hidden by the bordered ceiling that was originally built and had beautiful painted frescoes,” Lindley said.

Many of these frescoes have been preserved and positioned on the walls of the common areas of the building. Digital photos were taken of murals which could not be saved and are now large photos displayed in the hallways.

Throughout the building are old photos of nuns who worked in the church years ago and a large image of the 1937 flood that surrounded the building.

Hallways have the original exposed brickwork while common areas have wallpaper created by a local artist. And outside is a large yard with a fire pit, lots of landscaping and a dog park.

Prices for 600-square-foot units start at $1,000 while two-story lofts cost $2,100. A large part of the church is already rented.

“It really won’t reflect a significant return on investment for our investors,” Lindley said. “But it’s a historically significant building that hasn’t been used for over 50 years. And I’m just happy to be involved in bringing it back into use.”

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Martha J. Finley