Downtown condos offer modern living with historic flair

September 8, 2018 | 4:00 am

Updated September 10, 2018 | 10:41 pm

Old photo courtesy of History of Owensboro Group | New photo courtesy of Tyler Sookman

When enjoying all of the downtown Owensboro amenities, it’s hard not to wonder what living downtown would be like, especially in the luxurious condos of Parkside 100.

Five of the six condos that span the top floor of the historic Allen Street building are currently for sale, with the average cost of the units listed at $460,000.

With both vintage and contemporary flair, residents appreciate the oversized windows, hardwood floors and gourmet kitchen, complete with granite countertops, custom cabinetry and upscale Viking appliances. Common areas allow extra space for socializing, while private rooftop access overlooks the Blue Bridge.

While the building houses the six modern condos of Parkside 100 upstairs and Mellow Mushroom and Cold Stone Creamery below, the structure, built in 1895, has a long history in Owensboro.

Owensboro Savings Bank and Trust Company commissioned the 100 Allen St. building in 1895. In 1908, the bank declared bankruptcy and bank president, James H. Parrish, was sent to prison for three years for fraud.

The property was transferred to Owensboro Banking Company in 1911, but little is known of the tenancy until the property was conveyed to W. R. Bates in 1934, for $28,000 and a Piggly Wiggly occupied some of the space.

The Preservation Alliance of Owensboro-Daviess County still refers to the structure as the Bates Building, which was essentially a mixed-use retail property for the next 60 years.

Because of its intricate architecture and historic value, the Preservation Alliance worried the Bates Building would not survive. But Terry Woodward, owner of Woodlands LLC, purchased the Bates Building in 2011 extensively renovating the property and creating condos on the upper level. Jagoe Homes has since purchased the building, renaming it to Parkside 100.

September 8, 2018 | 4:00 am

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