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Volunteers spruce up Louisville architecture worth preserving

Volunteers working on the restoration of the Jordan Avenue shotgun home. Volunteers working on the restoration of the Jordan Avenue shotgun home.
Marianne Zickuhr Marianne Zickuhr

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A staple of Louisville's past that you can find in several of our neighborhoods has received a facelift.

Volunteers from Preservation Louisville were out Saturday restoring a shotgun home on Jordan Avenue in the Algonquin neighborhood.

"This shotgun is from 1881," said Marianne Zickuhr, executive director of Preservation Louisville. "It has a lot of the historic details, like the diamond pattern fish scale up towards the roof and the wonderful original windows. So we are doing things that are also safety and security oriented, like we got a new handrail for the family and a new door for the family and a new paint job in the Victorian style."

The program, S.O.S., or Save our Shotguns, was created to preserve the unique architecture of shotgun homes, which have had a major impact on Louisville housing.

Shotgun houses, which can also be found in Germantown, Portland, Butchertown and several other neighborhoods, are characterized by a long, rectangular frame with the rooms running front to back. Louisville boasts one of the largest numbers of shotgun houses in the country.

This is the second project for the organization. They hope to do more in the future.

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