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AUG 2018

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34 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.18 THE BIT BUILDING BLOODLINE Jones-Dabney Co. Laboratory Building 1495 S. 11th St. (originally 1481 S. 11th St.) This former research laboratory in the Algonquin neighborhood is one of the only Louisville structures in the Art Moderne style, as there was not much construction in the city during the Depression. The building, which features distinct curved corners, is the only remaining structure of what was once an expansive 17-acre industrial park producing resins and acrylic chemicals for paints, a site where generations of families worked. 1935: At a cost of about $20,000, the building is constructed almost entirely with plaster molds and poured concrete, the first of its type in the South. (The architects also designed the Pendennis Club.) The concrete is ideal for the experiment laboratory of the Jones- Dabney Co. It is fireproof and earthquake- proof, allowing the company to test various flammable lacquers and products. 1938: Devoe & Raynolds purchases Jones-Dabney Co. The laboratory continues to experiment with paint stabilizers and additives. 1954: The company expands (employing 24 chemists) and starts construction next door on a larger manufacturing plant.

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