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Glassworks Always Offers a Warm Welcome in Louisville, KY

Feeling chilly this winter? How about hanging out at a place where furnaces are set to 2200 degrees F?

Louisville’s Glassworks is a unique former manufacturing building on West Market Street that features glass-blowing studios along with a mix of commercial office, residential and event space. A jazz club offers an urban nightclub feel on the lower level, while a roof terrace offers a popular downtown wedding site.

During the day you can watch glass-blowing and -shaping artists at work. On certain days you can even create your own glass art gifts.  You can browse a gallery with glass art objects ranging from sculptures to marbles and jewelry. You can also visit an art glass firm that installs architectural glass art around the world.

There are also “walk-in” workshops and daily tours.

At other times you may be at Glassworks for a special event – or to go home to one of the 33 condos in the building.

Louisville commercial developer Bill Weyland, in partnership with renowned glass artist Kenneth von Roenn, of Architectural Art Glass Inc., created an unusual vision for a building built for purposes of another era. At Glassworks, one can “live, work and play” in one location.

The former Snead Manufacturing building, built in 1910, has an exterior that fairly shouts “old-fashioned factory.” Its façade is devoid of ornamentation, save for its Art Deco-style “Snead Manufacturing Building” entrance sign, and a cluster of cell tower antennas atop the roof.

Yet the unusually large windows that give Glassworks the look of an overgrown early 20th century elementary school building, also make it distinctive for downtown Louisville. 

If you are still confused as to which building on West Market Street is Glassworks, go and look for its most unusual architectural feature - the glass tongues of flame roaring out of the studio walls.

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