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Downtown Lexington, 1977

Posted on October 7, 2019 | in Uncategorized | by

A line of heavy thundershowers passed over downtown Lexington the morning of Dec. 5, 1977. The storm dropped 1.52 inches of rain on the city. The Purcell Building was struck by lighting leaving debris on Main Street. The picture was taken looking west down Main Street from atop the First Security Building, today called Chase Tower. Directly in the middle of the image is the Phoenix Hotel. It was demolished in 1981 and 1982 by Wallace Wilkinson, who planned to use the site to build the World Coal Center skyscraper. It was never built, and the site eventually became the Park Plaza Apartments and Phoenix Park. Next to it towards the bottom of the image is what is now the Lexington Public Library, the Police Department, the Fayette County Clerks office and the Helix Garage. In the background, just above the Phoenix Hotel you can see construction taking place for the 22-floor high-rise Kincaid Towers. Photo by Frank Anderson | staff file photo

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