Today, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary began removing approximately 500 feet of brick fencing that borders the north end of the 63-acre campus, near its main entrance.
On January 25, 2010, Facilities staff discovered that nearly 75 feet of the fence had collapsed. It is assumed that the fencing, which had been buttressed with concrete braces in the 1960s, had continued to weaken as the ground shifted over time.
Immediately, engineers were called in to assess the situation for safety, extent of damage, and future restoration. Upon recommendation of the contractors, Louisville Seminary deemed it necessary to remove 500 feet of the fencing, which is currently unstable and poses a safety hazard. Demolition began today.
Several estimates for rebuilding or restoring the boundary fence have been secured in amounts greater than $100,000. However, during the current, national economic challenges, which have impacted Seminary finances dramatically, replacing the structure will not take place.
“We have been urged to take down the fence as soon as possible for safety reasons,” said Vice President and CFO Patrick Cecil, who is overseeing the situation. “However, in this time of financial constraint, we cannot justify taking funds from student scholarships, financial aid, and other necessary programs and support to replace the fence.”
Louisville Seminary President Dean K. Thompson stated that if there were individuals who wanted to fund the restoration, the Seminary would certainly consider and welcome such support.
In 1963, Louisville Seminary moved to the current campus on Alta Vista Road from a downtown campus on East Broadway, where the school had resided since 1903. Over the past 47 years, the Seminary has maintained and preserved its park-like setting with dedicated attention, craftsmanship, and environmental consciousness.
More than 200 men and women from across the nation and around the world study at Louisville Seminary, primarily for the Master of Divinity degree, which prepares individuals for ordained ministry. Additionally, the school offers Masters degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy, Religion, the Doctor of Ministry degree, and dual degrees in theology, law, therapy, spirituality, social work, and business administration with the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University. The campus is also a center for lifelong learning through its many conferences, seminars, workshops, and special events, which are open to the public.