The Leadership Louisville Center has put the finishing touches on its new Main Street facility, as the center partnered with the Republic Bank Foundation to cut the ribbon and open a terrace behind the building.
The new terrace was designed by Gresham Smith and is inspired by the award-winning High Line park in New York City. It was made possible by a special lease from Louisville Metro Council and funding from the Republic Bank Foundation.
“They kind of needed to complement their space with a great outdoor space,” Republic Bank CEO Steve Trager said of the Leadership Louisville Center’s new headquarters. “They’ve done a beautiful job with it, it’s a great place for a recess, to hang out, we’re real proud of the Bernard Trager Terrace out there.”
The terrace is named after Bernard Trager, who was a businessman, philanthropist and community leader. He founded Republic Bancorp, the holding company of Republic Bank. He died on Feb. 10, 2012. Steve is the son of Bernard.
Leadership Louisville has been around for four decades and has worked to cultivate business and civic leaders in that time. Leadership Louisville purchased its new headquarters in October of 2016 for $750,000 and they’ve put $3 million into its renovation.
“When we were looking for space, the board had this grand wishlist of all the fantastic things they wanted in our new headquarters,” said Cynthia Knapek, president of the Leadership Louisville Center. “I thought we would get some of them, but not all of them. One of the most difficult things was they wanted to be downtown, and they wanted outdoor space. That can be hard. When we saw this space, we thought ‘this really could check so many boxes for us’.”
Check out photos from the opening below.