Matt Winn’s Steakhouse at Churchill Downs

Matt Winn attended every single Kentucky Derby for 75 years. His first was the first.

Over those 75 years he served as a pioneer and innovator of horse racing at the iconic Churchill Downs Racetrack, changing the landscape of the Kentucky Derby forever.

Now, we invite you to Matt Winn’s Steakhouse to take part in this bygone era, from the grand traditions to the infallible fashion, all while celebrating what’s to come. Start with steak. Indulgent, gorgeous prime steak. Treat yourself to tableside service, and taste some of the world’s finest wines and whiskeys while overlooking the historic Churchill Downs Racetrack.

Grab your hat. Let’s turn some heads.

Calhoun Construction was proud to serve as the Construction Manager for this iconic steakhouse.


Galt House

The first Galt House Hotel opened in 1835 on Second and Main Streets by Colonel Ariss Throckmorton. The site had once been the home of Dr. W.C. Galt, noted physician and botanist of his day, who was friends with such distinguished men as John James Audubon, who mentions Dr. Galt in his journals, and Dr. Ephraim McDowell.

According to the New York Times, on Wednesday, January 11, 1865, the Galt House Hotel started burning and was “entirely in ruins” by 3:30 a.m. A warehouse on the eastern side was also destroyed. Two lives were lost, and the origin of the fire has been a mystery ever since.

The second Galt House Hotel was designed by architect Henry Whitestone at 1st and Main St, a block away from the original hotel. It cost $1.5 million (1869 dollars).

In the early 20th century, business and culture moved away from the riverfront to the Broadway district. As traffic on 1st and Main dwindled, so did hotel revenue, and the second Galt House Hotel closed in 1919. It was razed in 1921 to make way for the Belknap Hardware building.

By the early 1970’s, Louisville’s Waterfront had been all but abandoned. Local developer Mr. Al J. Schneider had a vision for a prosperous business district, starting with an expansive convention hotel right on the river. Mr. Schneider opened the Galt House Hotel – then only one tower – in 1972.

In 1984, Mr. Al J. Schneider opened the East Tower, giving the hotel its distinctive two-tower structure. The East Tower consists predominantly of suites, providing guests even more space and comfort than ever before.

In 2004, the Galt House Hotel replaced a simple walkway between the two towers with the magnificent 3rd Floor Conservatory. This steel and glass enclosed lounge was modeled on the Crystal Palace build in the middle of Hyde Park, London in 1851 for the Great Exhibition. The Conservatory features Al J’s Lounge, name for founder Al J. Schneider, and Thelma’s Deli, named for Mr. Schneider’s wife. It also serves as a tribute to naturalist John James Audubon, friend of Dr. W.C. Galt.

Calhoun Construction served as the General Contractor to renovate the walkway after an extensive renovation of the towers completed in 2020.

Party City

Celebrate anything and everything with Party City in Louisville, KY ! Party City is America’s favorite party store in for birthday party supplies, baby shower favors, Halloween costumes, and more. Get your party goods for less – everything you need for theme parties, wedding receptions, retirement parties, and sporting events.

With over 850 stores in the United States, Party City is the nation’s largest party retailer, offering a huge selection of general and seasonal party supplies. They have been in the party business for thirty years, growing from a single location to a well-known national chain. The retail outlet in Louisville, KY is a one-stop shop for birthdays, Halloween parties, baby showers, and holiday events.

Calhoun Construction served as the General Contractor self performing restoration work from a flood at the Dixie Highway location.

Churchill Downs Turn 1 Hotel & Historical Gaming Facility

Horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as “Home of the Kentucky Derby” and the longest continually running sporting event in America.

“Churchill Down Turn 1” is a new, seven story (with one intermediate level) entertainment and hospitality facility with covered permanent stadium seating, hotel, and historical racing machine (HRM) facility in the first turn at the legendary Churchill Downs racetrack. The first-floor level HRM includes state-of-the-art gaming floor, sports bar, VIP lounge and multiple year-round dining venues. There is an intermediate or mid-level between the first and second level for Back-of-House functions to serve the guests. The second-floor level is the 27,000 sq. ft. ballroom and meeting rooms that have access to the 2nd floor party deck to watch racing. On level 3 is an additional party deck and the Hotel workout facility. The 156 hotel rooms are on the four levels, 3 through 6, and feature trackside suites, which will offer private balconies and covered panoramic views of the entire tack, as well as non-track facing rooms. The trackside suites convert to observation suites during the Kentucky Derby. The top (seventh) level is a penthouse Banquet Room and additional observation decks.

Kentucky Exposition Center Gate 1

The Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC), formerly Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center (KFEC) was originally built in 1956. KEC is a large multi-use facility in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. It is overseen by the Kentucky State Fair Board, and is one of the ten largest facilities of its type in the U.S., with over 1,200,000 sqft of indoor space.

Calhoun Construction is serving as the General Contractor renovating the Gate 1 entrance. Gate 1 handles more than 50% of all traffic that enters the center. The renovation include expanding the existing gate from it’s current 5 vehicular gates to a total of 10 vehicular gates.  The renovation will also include 10 new toll booths for employees covered by a steel framed canopy with integrated digital technology, and a new auxiliary building that will host a restroom and IT space.

Frost Brown Todd Attorneys

With over 525 lawyers practicing in 13 markets across nine states, Frost Brown Todd is one of the largest and most prestigious firms operating in the middle of the country. Each of their locations bring their own areas of strength, while working collaboratively to spread those strengths throughout the firm.

Calhoun Construction served as Trade Contractor on the interior renovation of four floors of the Louisville, Kentucky offices.  Calhoun self-performed the metal stud framing, drywall and ceilings.

NTS Building 435

For over 50 years NTS has focused on creating the best places to live and work for their residents and clients. Their goal each day is to deliver excellence in every area of business and to provide the best possible experience for their customers. NTS currently manages over 10.9 million square feet of real estate, which includes over 5,000 luxury apartment homes and over 3.9 million square feet of commercial property. Their commitment to excellence remains as strong today as it did when they started.

Building 435 is a 120,000 Square Foot Class AA+ Office Building located within the ShelbyHurst Office Campus at the landmark location at Hurstbourne Parkway and Shelbyville Road. This new building will offer excellent views and phenomenal branding opportunities along Hurstbourne Parkway.

The ShelbyHurst Office Campus location is among the very best of all suburban office parks in Louisville Metro. It has a prominent boulevard through the heart of the campus that is bordered by bike lanes and wide, attractive sidewalks.

Convenience to East end neighborhoods, proximity to major interstates, and nearby access to many restaurants, shopping centers, hotels, retailers, and two regional malls makes ShelbyHurst the superior location appealing to employees and employers alike.

Calhoun Construction is the General Contractor of this 4 story building to be completed in the Fall of 2020.

Jewish Community Center

With a Jewish population of around 8,500, Louisville’s Jewish community boasts many active participants and a wide range of organizations, programs and services. It also has a rich history.

The largest organization is the Jewish Community of Louisville. It includes the Jewish Federation of Louisville, the Jewish Community Center of Louisville, the Jewish Foundation of Louisville, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Hillel and Community, Louisville’s Jewish newspaper.

The JCC has a wide variety of programs from health and wellness and cultural arts, including CenterStage, to BBYO and other teen programs, summer and winter camps and a preschool. The Federation provides the community infrastructure – raising money to support Jewish community agencies, programs and services, offering leadership development opportunities and keeping the community connected to Israel through Partnership 2Gether and missions.

Calhoun Construction has been chosen as the Construction Manager on a major renovation at the current location.  More details to come.

BrightSpring 2nd Floor

ResCare, Inc., founded and headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is dedicated to impacting communities for the better with a mission to help people live their best life. As the largest diversified health and human services provider in the U.S., ResCare is the largest private provider of services to people with disabilities, the largest privately-owned home care company, the largest provider of specialized high-acuity neuro-rehab in community settings and the largest career center workforce contractor in the U.S.

With more than 40 years of experience, ResCare offers daily living support services and in-home care, vocational training, job placement, pharmacy, rehab and behavioral health services for people of all ages and skill levels. Our care professionals work in thousands of communities across the United States – helping more than 2 million people each year.

Calhoun Construction served as a General Contractor on the 2nd floor build-out of the new corporate headquarters.  Calhoun previously completed the tenant fit-out on the 3rd and 4th floor of the 805 Building consisting of new offices, meeting spaces and conference rooms throughout.  The second floor build-out is 34,000 sqft and consists of more offices, lobby, meeting spaces and conference rooms.  Calhoun self-performed the metal stud, drywall and acoustical ceilings.

Navy Federal Credit Union

Since 1933, Navy Federal has grown from seven members to over eight million members. And, since that time, their mission has remained the same: to serve and enrich the lives of those in the military community.

“Once a member, always a member.” You can leave the military, change employers, move, retire, get married—yet always stay with Navy Federal. Your life is their mission.

Calhoun Construction Services served as the Construction Manager for the renovation of an existing former bank location into a new Navy Federal Credit Union branch. Calhoun self-performed much of the renovation work.