Situated over an entire city block in Germantown sits the former Louisville Cotton Mills building, built in 1889. After the mill closed down in 1960, it became a host of other businesses including Louisville Textiles, Booker-Price Co. and the Louisville Antique Mall. Currently, the property is owned by brothers Steve and John Booker (of Booker-Price), and Underhill Associates is developing the property. After breaking ground in September 2014, this entire building has been restored and repurposed into an apartment community known as the Germantown Mill Lofts.
The space has been completely updated and transformed with the help of renowned architect Randy Pimsler of Atlanta, GA. Pimsler specializes in just this type of residential development, specific, in fact, to old cotton mills. He designed the loft space with a respect to keeping the original bones of the building intact, while adapting it for modern living. There are 189 units and 63 different floor plans. Of all the floor plans we saw when we toured the building, no two were alike. The first phases of these lofts became available in fall 2015, and there are currently 63 units rented, a number that continues to climb.
The building is distinctive for many reasons, but mainly the quality of its original architectural elements. The ceilings are high, and the wood floors are original to the building, many of them painted. Beams are exposed, and exposed brick throughout the building has been painted in many different complementary colors. The most stunning parts of the building are the myriad windows, all oversized, and skylights, all of which bathe the entire structure in natural light. Underhill Smith Designs used all of these historic elements and added modern touches in the interior design of each loft.
As we toured a few different lofts, some were furnished and others were not. All had different layouts with many commonalities — all have high ceilings, and each has a laundry room. Each one has exposed brick, beams and pipes, as well as original wood floors, and they all have modern gourmet kitchens. While all of the window glass is new, the window frames are original. All windows will be getting brown plantation shutters, though they were not installed when we took these pictures.
There are many rental options, from studios all the way to a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath with a study. They are currently developing cabooses (yes, actual train cabooses) and converting them into living spaces, as well.
Underhill Smith Designs was the interior designer for each loft. Notice the bright red pipes, the chocolate brown beams, the green barn doors and the special attention to countertops and tile in each loft; those were all handpicked by them to accentuate the historic charm of the building, while prominently displaying all the modern amenities.
Here are examples from three different lofts to give you an idea of how cool they are:
Loft Example #1:
Loft Example #2:
Loft Example #3:
There’s much more to come with the development of this space. The landscaping is just starting, with handmade metal planters that adorn the area. A fitness center, pool and greenspace will all be finished soon.
In addition, there will be a coffee shop and a restaurant coming soon. The restaurant, called Finn’s, has former Avalon chef Steve Clements at the helm, and it is set to open around Derby.
As mentioned above, there are plenty of floor plans, and the options are vast. Here’s what renters can select from:
- Caboose — 375 square feet, $563 a month
- Studio apartment — 540 to 896 square feet, $627 to $1,065 per month
- One bed, one bath — 829 to 1,180 square feet, $953 to $1,480 per month
- Two bed, two bath — 926 to 1,476 square feet, $1,079 to $1,928 per month
- Two bed, two bath, one study — 1,386 to 1,473 square feet, $1,677 to $1,877 per month
- Two bed, two-and-a-half bath, one study — 2,376 square feet, $3,164 a month
The location in the heart of Germantown is a plus, with so many nearby places to eat, shop and visit. We profiled this burgeoning neighborhood last year, and it continues to grow. With all the locals out in the neighborhood walking, biking and visiting, no wonder it’s so appealing. It is alive with possibility, and the Germantown Mill Lofts are just the tip of the iceberg!
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