This must have been an awesome thing to discover: a literally and figuratively underground sex club, Latex, found in Whiskey row by workers preparing for demolition.
Two floors below Main Street, a large black and white logo displays the word “LATEX,” presumably the name of the club, painted on the century old wall.
From deep inside the subterranean blackness, a series of oil paintings depict a series of bizarre images, sexual and violent.
Below one painting, a piece of equipment that appears fit for a torture chamber remains. A wooden rack large enough for one or two people includes a headrest and a rusted chain that can be turned by a handle. A gear resembling a saw blade is connected to the handle.
Workers found sheets of plastic that they presume separated the sub-basement into different rooms, candles, a disintegrated couch, a mysterious piece of cloth draped over a table and chair and another chair – covered in cobwebs and in a slow decay.
In the accompanying photos, the pictures include versions or copies of Munch’s Scream, Goya’s Saturn devouring one of his sons, and a third painting I can’t recognize and may be original.
While the facades of the seven buildings, and some of their interiors, will be preserved, I wonder if anybody will preserve this. Who used this space? Who ran it? Google turns up nothing. Does this predate the Internet? 1980s or even earlier? I assume this club is not so old that nobody is left alive who remembers it. Will anybody consider this worthy of preservation or even study? I hope some evidence turns up about this place, sooner or later.
Any kinky people in Kentucky know about this place?
(Thanks to Gloria Brame for the post.)