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Opening of Louisville’s Galleria, 1982

Posted on September 5, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
The atrium of Louisville's Galleria, opening day, Sept. 29, 1982. The $130 million development included more than 1.4 million square feet of office space, anchored by two 27-story glass and steel office buildings containing 415,000 square feet each. A three-level retail mall will 339,000 square feet was located between the towers. The development covered much of the two square blocks downtown bounded by Fourth Avenue, Liberty Street, Fifth Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard. It was built on the site of the River City Mall, which opened in 1973. On this day When the Galleria opened, about 75 percent of the retail space had been leased. In 2004, the retail part of the development went through a $75 million renovation featuring a collection of bars, restaurants and stores now called Fourth Street Live. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

The atrium of Louisville’s Galleria on opening day, Sept. 29, 1982. The $130 million development included more than 1.4 million square feet of office space, anchored by two 27-story glass and steel office buildings containing 415,000 square feet each. A three-level retail mall with 339,000 square feet was between the towers. The development covered much of the two square blocks downtown, bounded by Fourth Street, Liberty Street, Fifth Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard. It was built on the site of the River City Mall, which opened in 1973. On the day the Galleria opened, about 75 percent of the retail space had been leased. In 2004, the retail part of the development went through a $75 million renovation featuring a collection of bars, restaurants and stores now called Fourth Street Live! Photos by Charles Bertram | Staff

People wait on Fourth Avenue for the opening of the downtown Louisville shopping mall. An estimated 18,000 people were on hand for the opening cermony at 9:30 a.m. and the total had reached 25,000 by 11 a.m. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

People waited on Fourth Street for the opening of the downtown Louisville shopping mall. An estimated 18,000 people attended the opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m., and the total had reached 25,000 by 11 a.m. Click here to read the story on the opening.

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