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Kentucky Towers is an historic apartment building located in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky, USA, at 430 W Muhammad Ali Blvd.[1]


The building was first built in 1925 on the corner of Fifth and Walnut streets as the Kentucky Hotel.[1] It was the last hotel built in Downtown Louisville before World War Two.[1] The late 1960s experienced a large growth in new apartment construction throughout the United States.[2] At the same time, some buildings were converted into apartment buildings, and in 1972 the Kentucky Hotel was converted to an apartment building and renamed the Kentucky Towers.[1][2] In 1978, the Louisville Board of Aldermen voted 6–5 to rename Walnut Street to Muhammad Ali Boulevard.[3] In 1997, Kentucky Towers was the largest residential building in Downtown Louisville.[4]


The building is 19 stories and includes 285 apartments.[4] As of 1997, the swimming pool on the roof of the seventh floor was the highest swimming pool in the State of Kentucky.[4]

In 2005, the building was purchased for $7.65 million by a New York City investor Aaron Parnes.[5] In April 2010, PMR Companies, a local management company, began managing the building.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d Findling, John E. (2009). Louisville; Postcard History. Arcadia Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-7385-6788-4.
  2. ^ a b Kieber, John E. (2001). The Encyclopedia of Louisville , Volume 2000. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 39–40. ISBN 978-0-8131-2100-0.
  3. ^ Hill, Bob (November 19, 2005). "Ali stirs conflicting emotions in hometown". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved December 22, 2006.
  4. ^ a b c Nold, Chip; Bahr, Bob (1997). Insiders' Guide to Louisville, Kentucky & Southern Indiana, 2nd. Globe Pequot. p. 278. ISBN 978-1-57380-043-3.
  5. ^ Jeffords, Sarah (June 22, 2007). "Kentucky Towers undergoing $3.5 million in renovations; Occupancy is up sharply under new management". Business First of Louisville. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  6. ^ Elson, Martha (September 7, 2010). "Company transforming Cherokee Triangle site into corporate headquarters". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved January 8, 2016. (subscription required)
  7. ^ Siemionow, Maria (2009). Face to Face: My Quest to Perform the First Full Face Transplant. Kaplan Publishing. p. 104. ISBN 978-1-60714-051-1.

Coordinates: 38°15′4″N 85°45′32″W / 38.25111°N 85.75889°W / 38.25111; -85.75889

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