LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A Louisville couple says business as been better than expected at a historic church turned events center.
Susan and Pip Pullen-Swope have invested about $3 million for the purchase and renovation of what was once a Methodist church on the corner of East Main and Shelby Streets.
Built in the late 1800's the church had fallen on hard times.
"When we first bought it the outside was in shambles," says Pip Pullen-Swope, "it was boarded up, there were weeds everywhere."
But with some tender loving care and that hefty investment an urban jewel has been saved.
"Most people who come here are completely wowed," says Susan Pullen-Swope, "the ceiling is incredible, the stained glass windows are incredible, it is all original."
The Pullen-Swopes has planned to turn the old church into office space and condos. But after discussions with their architect and financial advisors they decided that the old sanctuary space would be perfect for an events center.
"It is still original to what it used to look like," says Pip Pullen-Swope, "you don't see much of that, especially in Louisville, where we as a community are not as committed to preservation as we should be; I think just the rich sense of history and how wonderful Louisville's architecture used to be and could still be."
Most of the events held here during the past year have been weddings, but it has also hosted banquets and business meetings.
It is called the Marcus Lindsey, which has an historical connection.
"It was originally a Methodist Episcopal church," explains Susan Pullen-Swope, "then it became a Methodist church and Marcus Lindsey was the pastor who brought the Methodist religion to Kentucky."
The restored building should be catalyst for further development in the area just north of the popular Nu Lu District.