Demolition work has started on the University of Kentucky's Wenner-Gren Research Laboratory, which architects and preservationists wanted the school to save. Demolishing the building designed by noted Lexington architect Ernst Johnson will allow construction of a new science building.
The laboratory was commissioned for aeronautical research. It was one one of the area's few remaining examples of Streamline Moderne architecture. The style, which also was used in everything from steam locomotives to toasters, reflected mid-20th century Americans' hopeful visions of a space-age future.
Critics urged UK to preserve all or some of Wenner-Gren as part of the new science building. Among the ideas were using it as a cafeteria, café or coffee shop .