Humana Building

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Viewed from 6th and Main

The Humana Building, also known as the Humana Tower,[1] is a 1985 skyscraper in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, located at 500 West Main Street and headquarters of the Humana Corporation.


The 26-story structure is headquarters of the Humana Corporation, and was designed by Michael Graves. Construction began in October 1982 and was completed in May 1985.[citation needed]

Each side of the building is designed slightly differently, up to a sloping pyramid style for the upper few floors. This design has led to the tower being locally known as "the Milk Carton".[citation needed] The building is also known for its exterior construction of flat pink granite.[citation needed] The north facade's loggia is respectful of the older downtown architecture, being flush with the original Main Street storefronts.[citation needed] The open-air front portion of the loggia contains a large fountain.[citation needed] The large, curved portion towards the top of the building is an open-air observation deck.[citation needed] The outermost point of the circle has space for a few people at a time to be surrounded by glass, allowing for views of the Ohio River and Main Street.[citation needed] The observation deck has not been open to the public since the September 11 terrorist attacks.[citation needed]


The American Institute of Architects awarded the Humana Building the National Honor Award in 1987.[2] Time Magazine listed it as one of the ten best buildings of the 1980s.[3]


  1. ^ "Humana Tower". The Encyclopedia of Louisville (1 ed.). 2001.
  2. ^ "AIA Honor Awards 1980 - 1989". Retrieved 2007-01-15.
  3. ^ Howington, Patrick (2006-11-09). "N.Y. gala honors Humana for supporting the arts". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2007-01-15.

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Coordinates: 38°15′23.35″N 85°45′31.28″W / 38.2564861°N 85.7586889°W / 38.2564861; -85.7586889