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Gabe's Tower
Gabes Tower
Tower Motor Inn


Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [in ruins]
curtain wall
exposed structure




  • At the time of its completion, this was the tallest building in Kentucky west of Louisville.
  • It featured both a 12th-floor restaurant and a rooftop swimming pool with a retractable roof.
  • The 12th-floor restaurant, the Palatine Room, is credited as Kentucky's first high-rise restaurant. It was also referred to as Gabe's Atop the Tower.
  • The original facade was painted in pastel colors of biege, coral, and green.
  • After the removal of many interior walls, this operated as the Owensboro Junior College of Business from 1979-1983.
  • In 1983, the building underwent a $100,000 conversion back into a hotel, and operated as a Best Western through autumn of 1988.
  • In the late 1980s, a failed proposal would have converted this into senior living residences.
  • In 1991 it reopened once more as a hotel called Tower Motor Inn. It operated as a hotel for the next decade, changing names a couple of times before it finally closed in 2001.
  • After sitting vacant for the next 12 years, new owners purchased the hotel in the spring of 2013 with plans to restore it as a hotel.
  • The early renovation work was halted with the discovery of asbestos. An interior cleanup was completed in 2015, but work has since stalled.
  • After the owners failed to meet a performance bond deadline in September 2016, the city is moving forward with condemnation proceedings on the hotel.

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1926 Triplett Street
501 East 20th Street
1926 Triplett Street

Technical Data

175.00 ft
175.00 ft
125.00 ft
80.00 ft
80.00 ft
Nov 1963

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • Aircraft warning lights installed
  • Swimming pool is available
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