Music - Meal ticket by Elton John
Photographed in 1987 using film and in October of 2016 using digital.
Louisville Gardens opened in 1905, the building is still currently standing, but closed. The inside needs major overhauling. Talks have taken place about refurbishing the Gardens, but nothing has happened as of 2017.
When it opened, the building was known as the Jefferson Co. Armory, then in the 60's, the Louisville Convention Center. It was given the name Louisville Gardens in 1975 and has been called that ever since.
Starting in 1945 until 1959, the University of Louisville men's basketball team played here. After the 59 season, they moved to Freedom Hall.
Probably the most exciting time for the Gardens was during the fist few years of the ABA. The Kentucky Colonels played here from their founding in 1967 till 1970 when they moved to Freedom Hall. They did play a few games here (when Freedom Hall was booked) thru 1976 when the team folded.
Hopefully, they will save this old building and refurbish it. I look forward to shooting it from the inside next time.
Location - 525 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, Kentucky
A very early shot of the interior of the old gardens.
Vagrants and homeless sleeping in the basement of the gardens.