The old Ouerbacker Mansion is at 1633 W Jefferson Street in Louisville, Kentucky.
This home was built by Samuel Ouerbacker in the 1860’s. The mansion was designed in a Richardsonian Romanesque style. During the early 1920’s the bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Reverend George C. Clement lived here. In 1930 the Ouerbacker house was used as the base of operations of a tax business, the Holland Tax Service. It was in use until around the late 1990’s. Afterwards it seems that the home began to deteriorate and slowly become completely uninhabitable.
During 2007 – 2008, the east wall of the Ouerbacker mansion began to collapse causing the neighboring home to shut down its day care center. The home was sadly headed for demolition after this until architect Scott Kremer stepped forward to help fix the stately manor. The wall was then stabilized and the property was then sold to Mr. Kremer. He plans to establish a nonprofit organization to raise the 2 million dollars or more it will take to restore the mansion.
Where is the abandoned Ouerbacker Mansion located? You can find it with these coordinates. 38.256527,-85.778159.
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Kramer relinquished the house back to the city of louisville. Currently a low income architecture firm has indicated it intends to restore the mansion (if old photos are to be accurate one of the only original structures left on this block and across from the city’s oldest cemetery) and use it as apartments. However, a west wall has now collapsed and there is no indication of any renovations in the works or even stabilization. What is really sad is now it appears what little of the original woodwork from the interior that some how survived years of plunder and neglect has now been completely removed. (Perhaps to save it for renovation?)