Buyers to renovate old church building in Nulu district

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A pre-Civil War church building in Louisville’s Nulu district has been sold to a couple that plans to renovate it for commercial and residential use.

Creighton Mershon and his wife Jessica Arrington bought the building at 218 S. Clay Street from Nulu investors Bill and Mary Lou Marzian on Jan. 15 for $500,000, according to Jefferson County property records.

The buyers formed a company called The Holy Goat LLC. The church property is adjacent to the alley Nanny Goat Strut.

The building was constructed in 1846, with the second story added in 1859, according to historical information retrieved by Develop Louisville, the city’s planning department.

It was the original home of the First German Methodist Episcopal Church, and one of three 1840s-era churches built in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood.

“These churches stand as reminders of the efforts of Louisville’s early German immigrants to establish themselves in the community,” according to a document from the Louisville Landmarks Commission.

In the 1920s, the building was used as a cigar box factory, and it later became home to the Kraemer Paper Co.

Mershon and Arrington were not immediately available for comment.

The Marzians bought the building for $300,000 in 2012, records show. Bill Marzian said it had not been used for a decade and was “full of paper products and shelving and pieces of equipment.”

The Marzians cleared the building and reinforced its roof with steel beams, he said.

“We basically stabilized the building and got it ready for the next owner,” Marzian said.

The 6,000-square-foot building has two stories.

“It’s amazing, the volume of the building -- the way it’s laid out,” Marzian said. “It’s got beautiful floors and some tremendous brick work.”

While he didn’t have more details, Howe said Mershon and Arrington’s plans for the building will complement its Nulu neighbors including Via Studio, Garage Bar and the planned Rabbit Hole distillery.

“It’s definitely going to fit into the area,” he said.

Mershon and Arrington are graphic designers in New York, according to a 2006 Courier-Journal story.

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