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While Masonic Home Shelbyville has long maintained its stately early 1900s look, it was time for a slight new addition.
“When you look at our building and the main entrance with the big columns that leads to our assisted living community, it hasn’t changed much since 1901,” said CJ Parrish, senior vice president of communications and chief communications officer for Masonic Homes of Kentucky. “But we decided that it was time for a more inviting doorway to rehab center, skilled nursing care and short-term rehab center on the other side of the building.”
The 4,000-square-foot area is scheduled to be completed by April 4, and Parrish said the facility will have an open house at 2 p.m. April 25.
As well as providing a new entrance, the addition will also feature new offices for the admissions staff.
“There also isn’t a covered entryway, and it can be difficult on rainy days to balance an umbrella and assist someone in a wheelchair, with a cane or on crutches,” Parrish said. “So this area will feature a covered area where visitors or services can pull up and help guests, residents and visitors into the building.”
With finishing touches going on in construction, Parrish said those traveling by the center 711 Frankfort Road will begin to see it return to its normal look.
“We’re reconfiguring some parking now, and once we get the construction equipment out, it will begin to look more like the Masonic Home that people are used to,” she said.
However, one look that will not be coming back is the shaded view provided by several old trees in the front of the property.
“Our grounds director came out to take a look when we were planning the landscaping for this new project, and we found that several of those old trees were diseased or dying,” she said. “At that time, those trees were removed.”
Parrish was quick to point out that the Masonic Home of Kentucky does not take removing trees lightly.
“Our facility in Louisville was designed by the Olmstead brothers [John Charles and Fredrick Law Jr.], so we’re a big fan of keeping trees,” she said.
The Olmstead brothers followed in the famous father’s footsteps and helped create the national parks system along with the landscaping plans for many well-known campuses and facilities – including the Kentucky State Capital and park systems in Portland and Seattle.