For more than nine decades, 22 grain silos (silo means "corn-pit" in the Spanish-Greek-Latin root of the word) along South Floyd Street near the University of Louisville Belknap Campus have stood like sentries from an earlier era, guarding memories of the city’s past and obscuring new views of the evolving Belknap Campus as it has unfolded so dramatically over the last several years.
Demolition of the silos is set to begin on July 28, 2014. The 15-acre property once owned by Ralston-Purina, was bought by the University of Louisville Foundation in late 2013 from a DuPont subsidiary that last used it for soybean production. The demolition will be noted but not protested and the buildings will be remembered but not mourned.
According to University of Louisville Director of Media Relations, Mark Hebert, writing in “U of L Today” the public will not be allowed on the site during demolition but should be able to watch the progress from South Floyd Street. The future use of the property is under study and will provide parking for U of L football games in the interim.