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Kincaid Towers

The Kincaid Towers is a 22-floor high-rise in Lexington, Kentucky. It is located along Vine Street between Broadway and Mill Street. Its exterior is polished buff concrete with blue tinted glass, with terraces on the 5th, 10th, 14th, and 21st floor.[1] It has a three-story atrium, and a skywalk that connects to the adjacent Hyatt Regency Hotel and Lexington Center. It is named after Garvice Delmar Kincaid.[2]

Kincaid Towers
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General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Retail
Location Broadway and Mill Street
Lexington, Kentucky
Construction started 1973
Opening 1979
Height
Roof 333-foot (101 m)
Technical details
Floor count 22
Floor area 421,000 sq ft (39,112 m2)

Contents

HistoryEdit

Construction on the 421,000 square feet (39,100 m2) tower began in 1973 and was completed in 1979 at a cost of $20 million. Major portions of the movie Steel were filmed there during the summer of 1978, and stuntman A.J. Bakunas died from injuries sustained during a record-breaking free fall from the top of the construction site. It was constructed by Huber, Hunt, and Nichols Inc., an Indianapolis, Indiana firm that also constructed the Hyatt Regency Hotel, the Lexington Center, Rupp Arena, and Commonwealth Stadium.[3] For the next eight years, it was the tallest building in central Kentucky, at 333 feet (101.49 m), before being surpassed by new construction. Upon completion, it was home to Kentucky Central Insurance Companies.[4]

It features a $345,000 computer/electro-mechanical energy system that occupies the entire 9th floor. Considered "state-of-the-art", it was derived from space technology.

Original tenantsEdit

The original tenants included:

  • Central Bank and Trust Company, occupying the first two levels,
  • Law firm of Kincaid, Wilson, Schaeffer, and Hembree,
  • General Management Associates,
  • WVLK Radio on the third floor,
  • Kentucky Finance Company,
  • Kentucky Central Insurance Company, occupying the top 13 floors, and
  • Morrison's Cafeteria on the second floor.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1,000 Persons Work in Towers." 14 September 1980. Sunday Herald Leader.
  2. ^ "300 West Vine." Emporis. 19 October 2006 [1].
  3. ^ "Indianapolis Company Built Towers." 14 September 1980. Sunday Herald-Leader.
  4. ^ "Computer Controls Energy Flow", Sunday Herald-Leader, 14 September 1980