The historic Brown Hotel, opened October 25th, 1923, right in the middle of Prohibition and right before the start of The Great Depression. It held on through the Great Flood of 1937 and though the decades when Downtown Louisville was largely abandoned. The rooftop event space was used until the 1970s and then shuttered. Today it reopened with an astonishing 40 private events already on the books.
Sadly this is not going to be a favorable place to view Thunder Over Louisville, as it is set too far back from the river and the view of the bridge is too heavily obstructed. The good news is there is a junior ballroom adjacent to the rooftop area and the entire 16th floor space can accommodate approximately 500 people – 250 for the ballroom and 250 for the rooftop. There’s even a small shaded area on the rooftop that can be shielded from wind and weather to accommodate 50 people.
The Brown Hotel rooftop event space joins only a handful of downtown rooftop event spaces that I know of currently in operation. The Frazier History Museum, 8Up, and 21C also have rooftop venues available. Do you know of other rooftop event spaces in Downtown Louisville? Leave me a comment so I can check them out!
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