(Historic bar is under full restoration in “The Louisville Thoroughbred Society’s”  premium “Cigar Bar” area. Photo by Gene McLean)

Warmer weather has been slow to arrive. Drier weather has been even slower.

But things are starting to rev up at 209 East Main Street — soon to be the home of downtown Louisville’s newest, and best private club, “The Louisville Thoroughbred Society.”

Drive by and take a look, when you can. Construction crews are busy pouring footers and will soon begin to cast the 30-or so pillars that will be driven into the dirt to help support the new, 3-story parking garage that will be located in-between the Ice House and the Hughes Lofts.

Once the original pillars are fully installed, pre-formed concrete support beams and flooring will be installed, and the parking garage will begin to rise out of the ground and inch up the side of the building.

The rooftop of the new parking structure will serve as an open-air, party and entertainment zone for “The Louisville Thoroughbred Society,” and will become the new home of downtown Louisville’s most elegant “Cigar Bar & Pavilion.”

Two new outdoor staircases have been added to the East End of the building and they have been bricked and are now ready for the new stair casing to be airlifted by cranes into place.

In-between the two new stair towers, a glass-enclosed structure will be erected and fitted perfectly into the open space. This will provide a “conservatory-look and feel” to the “Society’s” leased premises.

Inside, work is cranking and sawdust is flying.

The historic, wooden bar that will be formed in the “Cigar Bar,” has been set into place. A restoration team has already begun to work on sanding, and reformatting the antique into a new, state-of-the-art bar — which will house some of the city’s most reserved bourbons and spirits. The bar will also be extended and enlarged to help serve the people that want to enjoy this premier section of the “club.”

In addition, the large bar area in the main section of the facility is starting to take shape, as well. Construction crews are beginning to frame up the new bar — which will house the “Society’s” largest selection of  beverages, and serve up both food and horse racing simulcasts in abundance.

The old, former staircases inside the historic site — which will be completely eliminated — are starting to be phased out, and the holes are starting to be filled in with some of the old, wooden beams that were originally utilized to build the 6-floor structure over 125 years ago. Repurposing and relocation of history itself.

And, heavy construction work to relocate the building’s two major and fortified “safes” is nearing competition. The areas formerly occupied by the “safes” on both the basement and first floor areas will be utilized for elevator shafts on the South End of the building and next to Main Street.

The North End elevator shaft, close to Washington Street, is already fully installed.

Things are looking up. Literally. And, things are going fast and furious. Just like a certain race on the first Saturday in May.

Plans for a opening later this year are still in the plans. For more information on how you can join and be a member of “The Louisville Thoroughbred Society,” please visit our innovative, interactive and attractive website at www.thelouisvillethoroughbredsociety.com. With a few clicks, you can become the latest addition in our project.

(Photos by Gene McLean)