Louisville Magazine

JAN 2019

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42 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 1.19 Avenue and Payne Street, which gets its name from bourbon distilling, aging and bottling that began there as early as the 1890s. Bricks are missing from the boiler house façade and the weather-beaten door is difficult to open. Inside, the floor of the mezzanine-like second story contains two big holes; rainwater has dropped through from above, rotted the wood and found its way into the basement. Where many would see a prospect for the demolition ball, Edwards sees great bones. He envisions a restaurant that will serve a pizza-inspired menu in the basement and on the mezzanine, and a Japanese-style noodle restaurant on a roof garden. Now that he owns this major fixer-upper, he has already drawn up preliminary plans for a rectilinear update to the squat architecture, and is beginning to think about a reimagined interior. Edwards expects he'll decorate it with a large kinetic sculpture. In his current vision, he'll construct an 18-foot clock with a huge round wheel that releases marble-like spheres on the hour, one ball for each hour of the day. ey'll roll from the top to the bottom and trigger an hourly chiming. e colossal amount of work necessary to bring life back to the boiler house does not faze him. "I don't have limits because growing up my dad was in a wheelchair. His limits were so much different, and he always challenged his limits. So I've always thought out of respect for him that I've got to do as much with my hands as I can because I'm gifted with the ability to do that," Edwards says. A self-confessed nerd before nerds were cool, Edwards was a bored kid at Pendleton County High School who "graduated second in my class — that is second from the bottom." He and a few friends bought any new computer they could, assembling systems and writing programs for them. Oddly, he supplemented his tech-geek activities by reading and listening to motivational tapes from the likes of Tony Robbins, Earl Nightingale and even Andrew Carnegie. "I knew I had to have a skillset that would make me successful," he says. "I don't know why I knew this. Even at that age, I knew a healthy self-esteem was important, so I kind of reprogrammed myself at an early age to have traits like successful people." He worked partway through college driving a forklift, then put his accounting training to use at Louisville Gas & Electric and, for a time, at the Ernst & Young firm. He was also, he says, one of the earliest employees of the company that brought SUBSCRIBE $22/year Call 625-0100 or go to louisville.com/subscriptions

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