THE AWARD-WINNING BGT DETOURS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE TOURS OF PLACES YOU MIGHT NOT NORMALLY GET TO SEE, HELPING PEOPLE INTERACT WITH AND LEARN ABOUT SITES THAT MAKE THE BLUEGRASS SPECIAL. FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS (AND THE YOUNG AT HEART!), DETOURS ARE ALWAYS THE FIRST WEDNESDAY* OF THE MONTH AT 5:30 PM*, AND ARE ALWAYS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (*EXCEPTION BEING HOLIDAYS, WEATHER AND OUT-OF-COUNTY LOCATIONS).
March deTour of Gray Construction
Please join BGT deTours this Wednesday, March 6, at 5:30 pm for our free deTour of Gray Construction @ 10 Quality Street, located in downtown Lexington between Main and Vine Street. BGT deTours are always free and open to all.
Known to many as the Wolf Wile building, it is considered to be the first mid-century modern building constructed in Lexington and within the surrounding Bluegrass Region. Built in 1949-50, the building was designed by the New York firm Amos Parrish & Co. with collaboration from a local Lexington architectural firm Frankel & Curtis. The buildings international design at the time was hailed for its “futuristic,” “modernistic,” and even “swanky,” look. The building, hence it’s the alternate name, originally was home to the Wolf Wile department store that offered upscale clothing and home goods to downtown Lexingtonians for over 40 years, until its closing in 1992.
In 1996 Gray Construction purchased the building and transformed the former store into what would eventually become the national headquarters for the company. The renovation of the building included the interior being transformed from a department store into a four-story open floor designed office space accented with bright colors along the wall, and even a functioning church bell that hangs above the 2nd floor. The front exterior remains the same as it did when the building was first constructed whereas the back also maintains its original facade with the addition of decorative red steel beams and a walkway to the flag pole put on the back to represent a construction site, melding both the past and the present of the structure together.
Please enter Gray Construction through the main entrance on the
Quality Street side, where we will gather for the BGT deTour at 5:30 pm and begin at 5:45 pm with a brief introduction before we begin our guided deTour of the building and its facilities. Use of the nearby parking garage or street parking is available, or you may feel free to use the parking lots at the BGT office at 210 North Broadway as well. After the March. 6 deTour, the social AfterHour will be held at Casual Pint located on Main Street across from our deTour location at Gray Construction
If you enjoy BGT's free, monthly deTours, we encourage you to become a member of the Blue Grass Trust, a nonprofit advocate for historic preservation, at the deTours rate - individuals under 35 can pay their age for their first year (regular membership starts at $50)