LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A piece of downtown property linked to one of Louisville’s most famous natives will be up for grabs when the boyhood home of the late Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis is auctioned off later this month.
The original home was built in 1864 and Brandeis lived there from the age of 8 or 9 until he left Louisville as a teenager.
The structure underwent significant additions through the years and is currently used as medical offices and a lab.
Bill Menish, managing director of the local office handling the auction, said Friday that it has an appraised value of $3.15 million. The property has been on the market for a few months, with a listing price of $2.8 million, he said.
The building’s limestone front and interior staircase date back to the time when Brandeis grew up there, he said.
“It is as it was when that property was built for the Brandeis family home,” he said.
The auction is set for 12:30 p.m. EDT April 24 at the property, which is zoned for commercial use and is close to the city’s medical district. The property will be sold to the highest bid that day, Menish said.
Brandeis’ name remains a fixture in his hometown, where the University of Louisville’s law school is named for him. Brandeis was cremated and buried beneath the portico of the law school, where his papers are housed.
Brandeis’ picture is displayed on a large downtown mural, a distinction given to notable Louisvillians who have similar murals throughout town.
Brandeis, who was born in 1856, was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. He served on the nation’s high court until 1939 and died in 1941.
Brandeis University, a private research school in Waltham, Mass., is named for the late Supreme Court justice.
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