What should we expect if plans go through for the conversion and expansion of the former city hall and state museum into a 21c Museum Hotel? Judging from a recent trip to the flagship 21c in Louisville, the answer is: an expansive venue housing a mind-expanding array of 21st century work. Also, an anchor for the downtown art scene. Plus, a top-tier (and free) tourist attraction.
The project, which would add a modern 150-room hotel to the historic downtown building, also hinges on approval of an $11.3 million federal loan through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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