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Crumbling wall marks Filson Club expansion

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South Third Street is at the bottom of the image, looking to the west. From De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop via filsonhistorical.org South Third Street is at the bottom of the image, looking to the west. From De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop via filsonhistorical.org
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The campus of the Filson Historical Society in Old Louisville will expand by early 2016 with renovations to its 1905-era mansion, library space and a new building with exhibit and meeting space.

Supporters arranged for a backhoe operator to bring a wall crumbling to the ground to mark the project's groundbreaking on Thursday.

Cheers went up as the wall came down. The Filson raised more than $9 million of the $11.7 million cost in a campaign since 2011.
marking the first step of the expansion of the historical society's campus.

The new building will be called the Owsley Brown II History Center after his family provided significant donations for the expansion.

"He is expecting you and this community to know that what you're doing today- you're doing it for the next 100 years and that is a pretty awesome and thrilling responsibility," said Brown's widow, Christy Brown.

The project also includes a new pedestrian mall and public lawn in a "pocket" park on its location on South Third Street in Old Louisville.

The Filson Historical Society was started 130 years ago to help preserve Louisville-area and Kentucky history. 

See architect's renderings of the new building and other improvements at www.filsonhistorical.org.

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