Northern Grace and Southern Manors: New York Architects and the Country House in Louisville, 1911-1933; Lecture & Book Signing with Scott Gill and Winfrey Blackburn

Beginning at the end of the 19th century and extending to the outbreak of World War II, a number of Louisville’s most prominent families sought refuge from the crowded city in the pastoral hills surrounding Frederick Law Olmsted’s celebrated Cherokee Park and along the breeze-cooled bluffs overlooking the mighty Ohio River. There, they built elegant country houses to the designs of the city’s best architects, while also engaging prestigious firms from Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and New York. The combined creative output of this brief forty-year period is still unmatched in Louisville’s history.

In their talk for the ICAA, co-authors Scott Gill and Winfrey Blackburn focus on the Louisville works of three New York architects whose contributions to the city’s country house era were particularly notable. Ogden Codman, Jr., Bryant Fleming, and Carrère & Hastings each brought a distinct interpretation of how a country house should take form in the south, responding in varying ways to a context subtly unlike that of their customary northern milieu. Drawing on the wealth of archival information uncovered during their research for Country Houses of Louisville, 1899-1939 (much never before published), Gill and Blackburn present an in-depth and generously illustrated look at how each architect responded to the particular challenges and opportunities presented by their Louisville commissions.

Country Houses of Louisville, 1899-1939, is the first book to delve into the surprising and relatively unknown architectural and landscape history of Louisville’s country house era.


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

  • Where: 

    Library at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
    20 West 44th St
    New York, NY

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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