Churchill Downs

Also known as: Churchill Downs National Historic Landmark
700 Central Ave., Louisville, Kentucky

Photos 

Churchill Downs

1. NORTHWEST VIEW OF MAIN ENTRANCE

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

View photos at Library of Congress

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Modeled after Epsom Downs in England, this track was laid out in 1874 by Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark, a prominent Louisville horse breeder, in an attempt to stimulate the thoroughbred industry. Since 1875, it has been the home of the Kentucky Derby, the internationally renowned race of three-year-old thoroughbred horses, the first phase of the Triple Crown. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, October 21, 1986

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 15, 1978
Reference number
78001348
Areas of significance
Industry; Entertainment/Recreation
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Structure
Historic function
Sport facility
Current function
Sport facility
Periods of significance
1950-1974; 1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1975-2000; 1925-1949
Significant years
1875; 1894; 1895
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • July 22, 2014: New photo from Michael Miller
  • September 17, 2013: New photos from J.P.
  • September 16, 2013: New photos from J.P.
  • October 18, 2010: New Street View added by J.P.

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