Horse Cave Stories
Stop #10  Horse Cave State Bank
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Stop # 10: Horse Cave State Bank Building - Narrator: Ken Hailey

Built in the early 1920's the Horse Cave State Bank Building originally had a corner entrance, which was eliminated when the art deco façade was added in the 1930s.  When the bank moved to a newer building the downstairs was used for various businesses, including a dress shop.  The upstairs fell into disrepair.  The Horse Cave Theatre – as it was then known – acquired the building in the 1990s.  By that time the upstairs had been taken over by pigeons as a communal roost, and the extensive renovations included removal of the pigeon population.   Today the upstairs is used as seasonal apartments for actors performing at the Kentucky Repertory Theatre. The downstairs houses the theatre's business office and the more intimate black box theatre that has lovingly been renamed The Horse Cave Theatre in memory of Kentucky Rep's illustrious past.

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Oral Histories about
"Horse Cave State Bank "

Robert Brock
Robert Brock
Former Artistic Director, Kentucky Repertory Theatre

"Cabarets and classes"

"Homegrown theatre"

"Thespian lodging"

Tom Chaney
Tom Chaney,

"Bank robberies and rivalries"

Donna Logsdon
Donna Logsdon, Architect
"Art Deco facades and pigeons"

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