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Lawyers move to historic building

Staff report

Paducah law firm McMurry & Livingston plans to open its new location next week.

The law firm on Tuesday will open the doors to its renovated building at 201 Broadway, on the corner of Second Street and Broadway. The company has invested more than $1 million in renovations since purchasing the property last May, according to a news release from the firm.

McMurry & Livingston will occupy the first four floors and will continue to lease the fifth floor as a private residence. The firm will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony later in the spring.

Mayor Gayle Kaler said the city is honored to have businesses relocate to spaces in downtown Paducah.

"We recognize the importance of the financial reinvestment in downtown facilities. McMurry & Livingston's contribution is significant to the economic as well as the historic fabric of Paducah's downtown," she said.

The decision to relocate from M&L's seventh-floor suite in the U.S. Bank building, where it had been housed nearly 50 years, was based on the firm's desire to remain downtown and keep offices with a view.

"We couldn't imagine coming to work without seeing the expanse of the rivers and experiencing the downtown atmosphere," said attorney Phil Little, who oversaw the project from site selection to renovation. "We have created (at 201 Broadway) a contemporary space, and yet maintained many fascinating artifacts of the building's history."

Built at the turn of the previous century, the yellow brick building originally operated as a hotel. Shortly after purchasing the building, M&L discovered a family connection that can be traced to the early 1900s. Abraham and Harry Livingston - M&L founding partner Mike Livingston's grandfather and great-uncle - partnered with two other Paducahans to brew a local beer known as Belvedere Beer. It was served at the hotel that operated at 201 Broadway.

"For everyone who lives here, the iconic yellow Roman brick building has been a visual anchor downtown for their entire lives," said Chris Black of Ray Black & Son, the contractor in charge of the renovation. "It's great to see the building continue contributing."

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