Date of release: May 30, 2017
Pictured from left to right: Paducah Main Street Director Melinda Winchester, Coke Plant owners Meagan and Edward Musselman, and Planner II Sheryl Chino
Paducah representatives and business owners were in Frankfort today to receive an Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Award for the Paducah Coca-Cola Bottling Plant. The Coke Plant located at 3141 Broadway received a Preservation Project Award which recognizes outstanding examples of rehabilitation or preservation of historic buildings or other types of projects that have had a significant impact on Kentucky’s built environment or historic or prehistoric places.
Downtown Development Specialist-Paducah Main Street Director Melinda Winchester prepared the application nominating the Coke Plant that was submitted to the Kentucky Heritage Council.
Winchester says, “The Coca-Cola Plant has been a long-standing anchor for the Mid-Town Neighborhood. However, it sat vacant for several years after shutting its doors in 2003. Owners Ed and Meagan Musselman along with their rehabilitation team had a vision for the building when they purchased it in 2012. The renovation of the Art Deco building with the addition of eight businesses and local artwork in its beautiful space has breathed new life into one of Paducah’s most iconic structures and into the neighborhood.”
“The Coke Plant is a wonderful part of Paducah's history that resides in lasting memories of so many. The quality of craftsmanship and construction can be seen throughout the building in its beautiful terrazzo floors, premium woodwork, and numerous unique accent pieces. We knew that with the right community-focused rehabilitation, the building could again become a focal attraction for Paducah and its surrounding areas. We have been humbled by the outpouring of support and appreciation to help drive the project to that reality," says Edward Musselman.
The Coca-Cola Bottling Plant was constructed in 1939 and operated as a major bottler and distribution center for almost fifty years. The two-story building has red brick trimmed with Bedford, Indiana limestone. The trapezoidal shape building is situated on a triangular lot. Businesses currently housed in the building include Dry Ground Brewing Company, Pipers Tea and Coffee, Ice Cream Factory, Ochre, True North Yoga Studio, Time on the String, Socially Present, and Mellow Mushroom.
In May 2016, the 1857 Boutique Hotel located at 210 Kentucky Avenue received a Preservation Project Award. The City of Paducah assisted with the award application for the Hotel and in the preparation of the historic tax credit application.
The Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards are presented each May during National Historic Preservation Month and recognize excellence in the preservation of historic buildings and cultural resources through investment, advocacy, volunteerism, building partnerships, public involvement, lifelong commitment, or significant achievement. Ida Lee Willis was the first executive director of the Kentucky Heritage Commission (now Heritage Council) and widow of former Gov. Simeon Willis at the time of her appointment in 1966. For more information, visit the Kentucky Heritage Council at www.heritage.ky.gov.