Just off the main part of downtown Louisville’s vibrant Fourth Street area are some elegant old buildings and plenty of small, new shops.  You might even catch a selfie in one of the theater doors.

These doors belong to the tallest building in Kentucky, the 400 West Market Building. Although it looks vintage, it was finished in 1993.

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Broadway.org has this to say about the Louisville Palace Theater:

Designed by noted architect John Eberson, the theatre opened at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, September 1, 1928 at a purported cost of over two million dollars–a whole lot of money in those days. Although its facade is dynamic in appearance, it doesn’t provide a clue as to the immensity and spectacular design of the interior of the theatre. Upon entering the lobby and grand foyer, the Spanish Baroque motif begins its development. Cobalt blue, bursts of red and gold indirectly light all of the niches, coves and entrances. Above the Spanish treasures there is a curved, vaulted ceiling with 139 carvings of the eternal greats. In a central portion one finds plaster busts of Socrates, Beethoven, Dante and even John Eberson himself! In any direction there is something magnificent to please the eye and spark the imagination.

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Got your passport? No? Don’t worry, you can visit the world by heading to Norm’s blog and then clinking on the link critter to access a plethora of doors.

  1. ksbeth says:

    i’ve never been, but it looks amazing

  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    From your description alone I’d love to see the inside of that theater. It was a much different time back then. Making the building a part of the magic of the theater-going experience is a lost art today.

    • We only saw the outside, Norm, but from what I found online, the inside must be fabulous. Yes, different times and different styles. I’m glad so many older theaters have been preserved. Cleveland’s theater district is marvelous. We’ve only been to a few places in Chicago, but many are the same.


  3. Beautiful doors today, Janet. 400 West Market is stunning on its own, but the broad brush of light that you captured is dramatic.

  4. They are so art-deco, aren’t they, Janet? Many of the theatre doors in London have art-deco doors. I recently visited the Savoy Theatre in London, and the interior was like walking back into the 1930s. It was a wonderful experience.

    • I bet it was wonderful, Hugh. Philly has a number of Art Deco buildings and doors, as well as lots of other doors, making it a great place for a doorscursion when I visit our daughter. Takes a long time to get anywhere, but it’s fun. 🙂

  5. joey says:

    Oh yes, I would have thought those were MUCH older! I thought I was in love with that not-really-art deco section, but the last set has my heart. Love all that character. Thanks for pleasing my eye and sparking my imagination 🙂

  6. marianallen says:

    Oh, the Palace is GORGEOUS inside! Louisville is my home town, so I’ve been inside the Palace many times over my life. It’s definitely, infinitely gawk-worthy!

  7. Dan Antion says:

    It is hard to believe those are from 1993, but they certainly are beautiful. The theater doors are amazing (I like the selfie, too).

  8. jesh stg says:

    LOVE the design above the door of the Theater. Finally I get to see you (your reflection) in the doors:)

  9. klara says:

    beautiful doors.

  10. You find the most incredible doors. The first photograph is a perfect example of elegant.
    I guess I just can’t get my eyes to focus on doors. BUT … I always enjoy the ones you post, Janet. Keep up the interesting selections.
    Izzy 😎

    • Finding doors becomes an addiction/habit, Izzy. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed these. I’ll always be looking for more to share and enjoy, so don’t worry.


  11. Joanne Sisco says:

    All three are beautiful, but I love the detail on the last door.
    Nice selfie 🙂

    • Thanks. I like those doors, too. I didn’t even think about the selfie until later when I saw the photo. 🙂 Didn’t even need a selfie stick.


  12. jesh stg says:

    What …only saw you, so I had to go back:) Now it looks like you both stepped out of the car to take the pic! (joking, but we have done it1)

  13. Great finds Janet! I like all the old brick buildings that were there when I last visited in the 80’s.

    To think I lived in that city for a bit when I was a baby. It’s my Mom’s hometown. 🙂

  14. Su Leslie says:

    Elegant is exactly right.

  15. I really love the way the sun is hitting the metal and making the design pop. It simply gleams!

  16. Wow! Two million in 1928, that would keep a small country going for a few months back then, I’m sure. Still, they’re beautiful doors, Janet.

  17. The last one is a marvel. Gorgeous!