The Marianne is a beautiful 1940s Art Deco, single-screen movie theater located in the Northern Kentucky Cincinnati suburb of Bellvue.
The Marianne opened for business on March 1, 1942. It has a seating capacity of 542. By the mid 1990s the Marianne had began running second run movies and eventually closed for business. The last movie to play in the theater was the 1998 Tommy Lee Jones film “U.S. Marshals”
In February of 2018 developers announced that the theater would be restored and turned into an event center for live concerts and other performances.
Since starting this blog in 2014, I have covered nearly 80 abandoned school buildings in 9 states stretching from Eastern North Carolina to the banks of the Mississippi River in Cairo, Illinois. Today, while researching for my newest entry covering the Sadieville School in northern Scott County, (Kentucky), I came across something I had yet to find in the reason a school was closed. Enrollment was getting too high. 90% of the schools I have visited have been closed due to the opposite, declining enrollment.
I always thought it was rather odd that a school in the fastest growing county in the entire state would be closed and abandoned. In 1984-85 Sadieville was home to 150 students. By 1988 that number had jumped to 245.
The Scott County School System decided to build a larger, more modern facility to serve northern Scott County located about 5 miles south of Sadieville. Construction was swift and by March 5, 1990, Sadieville was closed and it’s students and staff had moved to their new school, Northern Elementary. The last 28 years have not been kind to the campus. The grounds are overgrown, the front of the building is almost covered by brush and trees that have popped up. But considering the building is closing in on being 100 years old, its still standing and relatively structurally sound once you take out of consideration the roof and especially the gymnasium area. The school has obviously been used as a storage building but has now fallen victim to faulty ceilings and vandalism.
I dont know if there were any windows that were still fully intact.
A few weeks ago someone posted pictures of this beautiful building near Paris. I knew I had to get up there soon to see it as the roof was clearly failing or had failed in the photos. Luckily, on my way back from a dead mall trip to Cincinnati and Columbus earlier this week I was able to locate the Center Hill Consolidated School located on Russell Cave Road in rural Bourbon County.
Center Hill Consolidated School was opened in 1924 and served to consolidate three nearby one room schools.
Until 1948 the school served students from this part of Bourbon County in grades 1-12. In the fall of 1948 Bourbon County consolidated students in grades 9-12 from Center Hill, Little Rock, Clintonville and Millersburg to form Bourbon County Vocational High School. That building is still in use today as Bourbon County Middle School. The school was expanded in 1958 to include a new cafeteria and other new spaces.
According to records kept the National Center for Educational Statistics in 1967-68 Center Hill School had 246 students and 11 teachers in grades K-6. I cant find a definite closing date for Center Hill. I have narrowed it down quite a bit though. The school apparently closed sometime early 90s. Someone shared these pictures taken at an auction that was held for the building and its contents after closure.
I base my calculation of early 90s on the shiny Chevy Corsica in this picture. Sometime in 2016 the school suffered roof failure and has fallen into a sad state of disrepair.
Upon researching for information about this school I stumbled upon a Facebook group dedicated to this school, including comments from the current owner. I really feel sorry for the current owner as it seems they really wanted to save this building. Its stunning and when you drive through that stretch of road, as an outsider, you can envision how beautiful this school was when it was in its prime.
I’ve said it so many times in this blog before, but it bares repeating…..They just don’t build them like they use to.
Its rather odd to find three school districts who border each other have a school by the same name in all three. That was the case in Clay, Leslie and Perry County Kentucky until several years ago. I have already covered the closed Big Creek Elementary School in Leslie County in this blog. That school closed several years ago. The school covered in this entry is the Big Creek Elementary that was located in Perry County. The school is located near the intersection of Kentucky 80 and Kentucky 1096 in the community of Avawam about 8 miles west of Hazard near the Perry/Leslie County line.
Big Creek Elementary was closed in 2014 due to declining enrollment and a planned consolidation of schools in Perry County. At the end of the 2013-14 school year Big Creek was home to 136 students in grades K-8.
The US Post Office for the community of Partridge, Kentucky is located about a mile and a half from the Letcher / Harlan County line on an old alignment of US 119. Partridge is about 5 miles north of Cumberland on US 119 and about 18 miles south of Whitesburg in Letcher County.
Eolia is one of the south eastern most communities in Letcher County, Kentucky. Located about 10 miles south of Whitesburg and 15 miles north of Cumberland, the community is also home to Arlie Boggs Elementary School.
When I was little I liked to study maps. I can remember getting the big giant road atlas out and just studying, looking, making notes. Of course living in small town Kentucky, Louisville, the largest city in my home state was often a source of obsession. When thinking back to those maps, Jefferson, Mall St Matthews, and Oxmoor Center, they were all there. Mid City Mall was never mentioned, and being on Bardstown Road, I honestly dont know that I was ever in that part of town until I was a grown man. Before I dive more into the pictures let me give a little history.
Mid City Mall was built on the site of the German Protestant Orphan’s Home, which was founded in 1851 and moved to the 10-acre Highlands site in 1902. It remained there until 1962, but the structure and grounds were sold for $500,000 in 1959 to mall developers. The aging structure was demolished and the orphanage moved to Bardstown Road and Goldsmith Lane. Developers then built what became Kentucky’s second enclosed mall. The initial plan, unveiled in 1958, called for a $7.5 million, five-story mall with a pool in front on the Bardstown Road side and penthouse apartments on the top floor. The plan was gradually whittled down to a one-story plan with a lower level. The main developer of the project was Guy E. McGaughey, Jr., an attorney from Lawrenceville, Ill. The concept of an enclosed mall was very new. There were only a handful of enclosed malls in the US at the time. In drawing up the business model for the Mall, Mr. McGaughey had no basis for the rents. There was not a history for how much to charge the tenants for space, maintenance, housekeeping, repairs, trash pick-up, etc. Consequently, revenues were never enough to keep the Mall up-to-date and clean. Construction began in March 1962 and the mall was completed in October of that year at a cost of $3 million. The shopping center formally opened on October 10, 1962, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Louisville Mayor William O. Cowger and Jefferson County Judge Marlow Cook. The mall contained 180,000 square feet of leasable space and 22 stores. On June 21, 1964 an early morning fire that started in the Cherokee Book and Card Stop caused $200,000 in damage to the mall.
There was also a Kresge store in this mall that held its grand opening in October of 1962.
The mall originally opened with Winn-Dixe supermarket. When Winn-Dixie pulled out of the Louisville market in 2004, Buehler’s, a chain based in Jasper, Indiana, (not to be confused with the chain of the same name based in Ohio). Amid financial difficulties Buehler’s filed for bankruptcy in 2005 and closed both Louisville stores. The space was quickly taken over by Valu Market, a local Louisville area chain. Valu Market remains there today.
The mall is basically an elongated square on two floors. The bottom floor was once home to a skating rink. Today the mall is home to many non traditional mall tennants including a comedy club, doctors offices, and a branch of the Louisville Public Library. //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
In 2015 it was announced that the mall would recieve renovations and new tennants. Today the mall is full and renovations have been completed.