Gardenside Bus Shelter Documented in Architecural Drawings

AIM extends a big thank you to Janie-Rice Brother and architect-intern Jonna Wallace of the KY Archaeological Survey Department of Anthropology at UK for their contribution to the Gardenside Restoration Project.  Jonna documented the sign and shelter in detailed architectural drawings in the event the owners ever want to apply for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, which would qualify it for state and federal tax credits without conveying any restrictions on the property owners.

Janie-Rice describes the structure as “a unique feature that is significant in Lexington’s post-war growth and development of both residential suburbs and their accompanying shopping centers.”



View the drawings here:

Gardenside_A1 0 groundlevel Gardenside_A2 1 east side Gardenside_A2 2 west side



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Volunteers Needed for Gardenside Plaza Bus Shelter/Sign History Project

Got Stories?  Volunteers Needed for Gardenside Plaza Bus Shelter/Sign History Project

At times throughout its history, the Gardenside Plaza shopping center has been more than just a convenient place to shop. It has served as a destination and as a focus of activity in the fast-growing suburban landscape. When constructed in the late 1950s, it wasn’t simply a concentration of businesses; it was a community landmark, functioning as a focus for human interaction and as a definer of place. For these reasons, as part of the Gardenside Bus Shelter/Sign preservation project, AIM is sponsoring a project to record stories associated with this significant landmark.

Do you have stories to tell? Did you live in the area before the plaza was constructed? How did its arrival affect your life? What did you think about the modern design of the sign/bus shelter? Do you know anyone who helped build the bus shelter/sign? Who were some of the early tenants in the shopping center? Did you work at the plaza? Were you one of the residents who helped lobby the city to extend bus service to Gardenside in the 1950s? Did you ride the bus to/from the plaza to shop or work? What were some of the community events that took place at the plaza? Do you have a mother, father, grandparent, or neighbor with stories about the plaza?

We are looking for volunteers, both those willing to be interviewed, and those who can help record the stories. No story is too small.  You need no experience to serve as a community historian; help will be provided. Please contact Karen Hudson at to volunteer or to obtain additional information about efforts to record the history of this Lexington landmark.

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CMAQ Contract Awarded

CHIMNEYsTOP, winner of Leestown Contest

CHIMNEYsTOP, winner of Leestown Contest

Marrillia Design & Construction has been awarded the long-awaited Art in Motion transit shelters on Leestown Road and Southland Drive.  The projects are being funded by a $150,000 federal grant through the Kentucky Transportation’s Cabinet’s Office of Local Programs.   More information on this project can be found here.

Industrial Oasis by John Darko and Pohl, Rosa, Pohl

Industrial Oasis by John Darko and Pohl, Rosa, Pohl


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Art in Motion has just released a Request for Qualifications for a new permanent mosaic art mural to be installed in the Gardenside bus shelter on Alexandria Drive as part of the project to restore the lettering and other elements of the historic structure and replace inefficient neon tubing with low energy-consuming LED fixtures.  More information about this project can be found here.

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Calling all designers!

Art in Motion is sponsoring a new design contest for an artistically designed bus shelter on Georgetown Street in Lexington, KY in partnership with  the Lexington-Fayette County Corridors Commission, Lextran, and LexArts.  Area neighborhood representatives, churches, and the owner of the proposed location are participating as well.

The deadline for submission of a conceptual design is April 30, 2014.

The shelter will serve both as a bus stop with seating and shelter for riders, and as public art that enriches the Georgetown Street corridor. The shelter will also be as environmentally sustainable as possible in design and construction.

Professional architects, engineers, sculptors and artists are eligible.  Students under the supervision of relevant professionals are also eligible. Design/build firms are encouraged to participate.

Click link on this page to view the full design call and a map of the location

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Bids sought for new art shelter construction

Lextran and Art in Motion, in partnership with the KYTC’s Office of Local Programs, are seeking bids from contractors for two new art shelters on Southland Drive and Leestown Road.

Follow the link below to Lextran’s posting of the Invitation for Bids and register there to receive the bid packet, or type “IFB” into the search box on Lextran’s home page:

Note that a pre-bid meeting will be held this Thursday, January 16th at 1:00 pm EST with representatives of the design teams, Art in Motion and Lextran to answer any questions you may have about the packet or the project.

At the Lextran Training Center – Large Conference Room

105 Spruce Street

Lexington, KY 40507

(To get to the conference center: from Main Street, take Elm Tree Lane north, then left onto Corral St, left into parking lot)

Please forward this message on to any firms you think may be interested.

Industrial Oasis by John Darko and Pohl, Rosa, Pohl

Industrial Oasis by John Darko and Pohl, Rosa, Pohl



CHIMNEYsTOP by Justin Menke, Chad Riddle, Martin Steffen and Ryan Hargrove

CHIMNEYsTOP by Justin Menke, Chad Riddle, Martin Steffen and Ryan Hargrove

Note that to bid on this project, you must be prequalified with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) in I-26 construction as stated in our previous notices.  To make sure you are prequalified, visit the KYTC website at:

Call 502-564-3500 with questions about prequalification.

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Deadline for Application January 17, 2014

Eligibility – Kentucky Artists

No Application Fee

Bluegrass Art Shelter - Newtown Pike, Lexington Kentucky

Bluegrass Art Shelter on Newtown Pike between downtown Lexington and the Kentucky Horse Park
Art Stop - Elm and Third Street, Lexington, Kentucky
Art Stop – across the intersection from the renovated Lyric Theatre

For more info, click the link on this page

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