Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC), and the Ludlow Heritage Museum have signed a property lease agreement to preserve the Norfolk Southern-owned Ludlow Yard Store House building. The agreement allows museum officials to renovate the building and repurpose it into its new headquarters. The building is historically significant, as the last remaining original structure in Ludlow, Kentucky used by, The Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway, which became part of Southern Railway and later Norfolk Southern.
“The Ludlow community has a rich railroad history and the Ludlow Heritage Museum was the natural partner to help preserve this historic building on our Ludlow Yard property,” said Kathleen Smith, vice president of business development and real estate for Norfolk Southern. “This lease agreement provides an opportunity for the store house to once again have a beneficial use, as a new home for the museum’s team and a space where the community can gather.”
Located at the intersection of Oak and Carneal Streets, the store house was built in the late 1880’s. The 3,600-square-foot round-arched brick and stone building originally served as the Ludlow Offices and Stores building and then was used as a supply shop to store rail parts.
"The Ludlow Heritage Museum is excited about this agreement between the Norfolk Southern Railroad and our organization,” said Mark Mitchell, president of the Ludlow Heritage Museum. “This is a special opportunity to restore the last remaining building in Ludlow from the earliest days of the American railroad. Once completed, the site will create more museum space and provide additional room for meetings and events. We are very grateful to Norfolk Southern as we begin this historic preservation project."
The Ludlow Heritage Museum will manage this project. It has created a committee comprised of industry professionals to help develop a comprehensive renovation plan that will include a renovation timeline and fundraising goals. Additionally, museum officials plan to nominate the building to the National Register of Historic Places.
About Norfolk Southern
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies, moving the goods and materials that drive the U.S. economy. Norfolk Southern connects customers to markets and communities to economic opportunity, with safe, reliable, and cost-effective shipping solutions. The company’s service area includes 22 states and the District of Columbia, every major container port in the eastern United States, and a majority of the U.S. population and manufacturing base.
Norfolk Southern Media Inquiries:
Media Relations, 404-420-4444
Ludlow Heritage Museum & Society Media Inquiries:
Mark Mitchell, 859-609-1808