Emergency repairs at the Ouerbacker Mansion are nearly complete
It appears an historic West End home has escaped the wrecking ball. Emergency repairs at the Ouerbacker Mansion are nearing completion.
After years of deterioriation, and no luck finding someone to save the distinctive mansion, it was just days away from demolition when an East End architect stepped forward late last month.
For the past three weeks, a contractor has been working to stabilize the east wall of the Ouerbacker to stop its collapse. A large section of the wall had given way and the rest was ready to fall on the house next door.
Last last month, city government agreed to give the property to Jeffersontown architect Scott Kremer. He hired a company to make emergency repairs, and that work is nearing an end.
Neighbor Elaina Hayes says, "Having the hole filled in makes me feel a lot better, you know -- not being able to see that big hole there."
She is happy the danger is diminishing at the Ouerbacker. But the unstable wall caused the state to shut down her daycare center last month.
Hayes can't reopen and get her daycare kids back until city inspectors declare the the old mansion stable. Parents want to come back, and she will be glad to welcome them because she has no income right now.
While the building appears stabilzed and demolition is off the table, the next question is -- when will work begin to restore it? The city Landbank Authority is waiting for architect Scott Kremer to submit his plan for the next big step.
The Ouerbacker is old and abused. Kremer figures it's going to cost up to $2 million to modernize the mansion and get it in usable condition.
He is establishing a nonprofit organization to raise money and oversee the project.