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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
The Lexington History Center was a building housing several independent history museums in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. It was located in the former Fayette County Courthouse until 2012 when the city closed the building after progressively deteriorating lead paint and asbestos, along with mold were deemed to be a significant health concern. Prior to the closing of the building, the Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum moved to a new location on Georgetown Street. The building is currently being renovated into a multi-use commercial, tourist, office and event center. There are no current plans to include museums in the building once it reopens.
The building was opened as a museum center in October 2003 under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Lexington-Fayette Urban-County Government (Lexington, Ky.) and the Commonwealth of Kentucky that stipulated the municipal government would spend a "minimum $1,000,000" to renovate the Old Fayette County Courthouse as the Lexington History Museum--an amount that was never fulfilled. After evicting the Museums (see below) from the building, the city has committed to spending $30 million to renovate the building for commercial space.
The Lexington History Center was formerly host to several museums:
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