Restoration of The Kentucky Center continues. | Photo by Mickey Meece

With “Hamilton” opening this week, Kim Baker, president of The Kentucky Center, sent out a brief update Monday on the status of the facility’s restoration as the one-year anniversary of its fire approaches, saying the process would be complete by fall.

The state of Kentucky owns the center, which opened in 1983 at 501 W. Main St.

Work on the roof continues | Photo by Mickey Meece

The June 2018 roof fire caused “significant” damage to the center, Baker said. “Whether you are coming to The Kentucky Center to see “Hamilton,” or any of the wonderful shows on our stages, you will surely notice the large scaffolding in the Main Lobby,” she said.

After the fire last June, the state shut down the center for repairs to address water damage and other immediate concerns. It reopened for performances in September 2018.

According to Baker’s statement Monday, the restoration process began with the replacement of the exterior portion of the roof.

“Given the complexity of the architecture, coupled with working around performances in our theaters, the roof replacement is taking some time but we are happy to report that we are approaching completion,” Baker stated. “Once the exterior is completed, crews will begin replacing the interior arched ceiling above the lobby.”

Once the project is complete in the fall, Baker added, the center will re-christen the main lobby.

“Hamilton” opens for a run in June. | Photo by Mickey Meece
A view from the rear of the building. | Photo by Mickey Meece