PADUCAH, KY -The Irvin Cobb Apartment building features 9-stories of history located at Broadway and S. 6th Streets in downtown Paducah, KY.
The Irvin Cobb Apartment complex was once the swanky Hotel Irvin Cobb that opened in back in 1929. For decades the hotel held the rankings as one of the most finest hotels in the South.
The original owner, Adolph Weil, contracted Architect Walter Alschlager to design the building like no other. They decided on a eclectic mix that melted French Gothic and English Medieval that created a Southern charm all its own.
1927 – 1929: Construction cost: $400,000
1929: Opened in 1929 with Irvin S. Cobb as first registered guest
1959: Sold by Cobb family
1960’s: Experienced a decline in stays
1972: Minor fire on top floor closed the hotel down
1978: Added to National Register of Historical Places
CIRCA Building restored as apartments and ground floor retail spaces.
Today the Irvin Cobb building is an Assisted Living and Section 8 apartment community with 1 and 2 bedrooms available. Read the detailed history of the hotel on a pdf file at npgallery.nps.gov.
It was a joy meeting you, Nicky, and thank you for allowing me to take some photos of this wondeful historic site.
PADUCAH, KY – Shandies restaurant features American and international gourmet-style pub grub located in the historic C. C. Cohen building on Broadway Street (aka Main Street) in the heart of beautiful downtown Paducah, KY.
The appetizer menu includes signature treats like the Fried Green Tomato Crisps for $7.95 and Catfish cakes for $8.95.
PADUCAH, KY – John’s PASS Carriage Service provides horse and carriage rides and tours that begin at Carriage Corner on 2nd and Broadway by the Gazebo in historic Downtown Paducah.
Downtown changes bit around twilight becoming more beautiful and mysterious as the sun goes down. Taking a carriage ride at this magical time will allow you to see how the city lights cascade down off the buildings onto the brick laid streets and sidewalks. All this in concert with a light breeze from the Ohio River can make for the perfect romantic date.
Create a memory that will last a lifetime for you and your partner. And don’t forget to stop and get an ice cream from Curls & Cream, the recently opened eatery on Market House Square that’s all the rage.
20-Minute Tour: $10/person
Trip Around the Block: $5/person
PADUCAH, KY – Highwater Fresh Bar features signature juices, fresh fruit, salads and many other healthy choices located at the corner of 3rd and Broadway in Downtown Paducah, KY.
The name ‘Highwater’ represents a piece of local history when surveyors wrote ‘highwater’ at the highest watermark left behind from the flood of 1937. The original writing is displayed inside the eatery, a piece of local history etched forever in brick.
Businesses such as Highwater Fresh Bar are collectively bringing downtown Paducah back to its former Glory. That said, it would be a very kind gesture to stop in every now and then for a healthy bite to eat to help support this awesome locally owned business.
PADUCAH, KY – These beautiful, magical-3D murals, painted by muralists Dafford, Roe and others, turned a dull-grey concrete wall into one of the best art displays in the United States located along the Mighty Ohio River in one of America’s best small towns, Paducah, KY.
time-lapse video featuring Paducah’s floodwall murals
The murals span three city blocks in the heart of downtown. The actual floodwall is 12.5 miles long built after the flood of 1937.
The murals are flawlessly maintained that have bronze interpretive-panels at the foot of each painting that tell the history for that particular time.
Today the painted floodwall is Kentucky’s most popular tourist attraction located a few mile east of I-24 – a must see when passing through.
The IC 2-8-2 1518 Mikado steam locomotive that sits along the floodwall is the only one in existance today, donated by the City Of Paducah.