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AUG 2019

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24 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.19 THE BIT Kathy Hans won't look if the old Holy Name School, convent and gym on South Fourth Street are torn down. Catholic Charities is planning to raze the buildings and make way for a $7.5-million, 31,000-square-foot headquarters. If the day comes, Hans will stop parking on Heywood Avenue with its view of the buildings that have meant so much to the South End. Instead, she'll park on South ird Street for Mass at Holy Name church, which would be all that remains. She'll stare straight ahead, ignoring the missing sentinels of a lifetime. "It's going to kill me when they tear that building down," Hans says. What happens when a piece of neighbor- hood history vanishes? e plan is to knock Name's Legacy An aging Catholic school faces demolition. But nostalgia for it lives on. By Jenni Laidman Photos by Mickie Winters down the neglected 1902 Holy Name school house, the unused 1953 gym and the former convent building — a hand- some 1937 structure of yellow glazed brick with a leaky roof, indoor winter tempera- tures in the 30s, faulty wheelchair lifts and tiny offices. (e school building was an early work by one of Louisville's premier architects, James J. Gaffney, who also did Holy Name church, St. James church on Bardstown Road and the Belvoir Apart- ments on Cherokee Parkway.) In their place would be a new three-story building Above: Former Holy Name student Tom Head, 92, holds a photo of himself and a schoolmate, with the Rev. Francis Timoney behind. A BIT OF HISTORY

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