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"Curious? Ask Chris:" Waterfront Plaza Lighthouses

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --The question comes from viewer Wendell Narrod. 
He writes: "Chris, explain the lighthouse looking structures on the two downtown buildings."

Do you know what he's talking about? They're the little buildings sitting on top of both Waterfront Plaza towers, that draw the most attention at night. The lights inside can be seen for miles. There are guesses for Wendell's question.

"I would assume for the airplanes coming through for the airport," a pedestrian guessed.

To get the right answer and the whole story, we went 806 feet above sea level. It took a while, and even some climbing on several ladders through small spaces, but when we got to the top of one of the lighthouses, the views were breathtaking. We still didn't have an answer though. That came from the building sitting next to Waterfront Plaza, the Galt House.

"The original Galt House actually had a beacon on top of their hotel. It was to help the Captain on the river find the Port of Louisville," said Mary Moseley, President of the Al J. Schneider Co. 

That version of the hotel burned to the ground. When the new building was erected, a new beacon was put up too, but it didn't last long. And so the idea of the twin lighthouses was born by Mary Moseley's dad, Al Schneider. He built several of Louisville's finest buildings.

"That was him. He always did things a little bit differently," she explained.

The original reception to the lighthouses wasn't exactly warm. 

"You know I think when they were originally put in, I don't think they were very happy with it," Moseley said.

That feeling quickly changed. People who worked next door got blinds, captains of boats and pilots of planes now use the lighthouses.

"So they do benefit a lot of people traveling on the river and into the Louisville area," she explained.

It's made them a permanent part of the Louisville skyline that has a permanent spot in Moseley's heart.

"It is a sentimental feeling that you get when you leave or come back to Louisville. It absolutely makes me think of dad," said Moseley.

Question answered. 

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