What We've Done > The Henry Clay
The Henry Clay is truly a unique building in downtown Louisville. Built in 1924 as an Elks Lodge, this prominent building then served as the Henry Clay Hotel and the YWCA until standing empty for 20 years. CITY Properties Group began work on the building a year before it hosted a Breeder’s Cup gala in the Grand Ballroom with Alison Krauss live on stage. Other event spaces, retail opportunities, apartments, and condos opened in the following year, making the Henry Clay a 24-hour center of activity downtown.
Those who previously knew the building marvel at the magnificence of the renovation. Thanks to the efforts of many, the Henry Clay stands as a model for collaborative effort towards successful urban design and will continue to serve the community, fulfilling downtown Louisville’s mission of being a great place to Live, Work and Play. CITY Properties Group led the redevelopment efforts, planning the uses and designing the spaces, and continues to manage the building.
The Henry Clay was the first major element of City Properties Group's master plan for the 4th and Chestnut area downtown. Also included in this master plan are the Wright-Taylor building on 4th Street, the recently constructed Clay Commons parking structure, the Guthrie-Coke, and a corner site for a planned hotel.
Opening the Henry Clay spurred the creation of City Destinations, the events branch of City Properties Group, which now oversees event spaces at the Henry Clay, Glassworks, the SkyLoft at ZirMed Towers, and Whiskey Row Lofts.