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Humana Building 25th Anniversary

The Humana Building is a 27-story postmodern skyscraper also known as the Humana Tower. Located at 500 West Main Street in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, the Humana Building is the headquarters of the healthcare company Humana, Inc.

Designed by architect Michael Graves in 1982, the Humana Building changed the landscape of Louisville forever and made a national impact as well. It was hailed by Time magazine as one of the top ten best buildings of the 1980s, was awarded an American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Award in 1987, and in 2007 was named one of the United States' most important and favorite buildings (also by the AIA).

Completed in 1985, the Humana Building was made with expensive materials. It is covered in pink granite, other polished granites, and is decorated in gold leaf. Each side of the building is slightly different; the top of the structure slopes upward into a pyramid-style for the top floors, and the overall shape is similar to that of a milk carton. This has led the Humana Building to become one of the most widely visited attractions in Louisville.

October 20, 2007 marked the 25th anniversary of the Humana Building's construction.

This Louisville Life story details the selection of renowned architect Michael Graves to design the building, and includes interviews with Graves, surviving Humana co-founder David Jones, and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson.

Program 208
25th anniversary of the Humana Building, the historic Henry Clay, vitreography artist Julie May, and a look at Louisville's founder George Rogers Clark. Eileen Blanton of Peace Education Program is our guest. (#208)