Samuel Plato, Louisville Architect.

Architect Samuel Plato, undated photograph.

This morning’s Louisville Courier-Journal’s profile for Black History Month has provided another opportunity (York of the Lewis and Clark Expedition was a couple of weeks ago) to give additional information on a famous African American who called Louisville home for much of his life: Samuel Plato. The Filson is home to both papers and photographs that help document the life and career of architect Samuel Plato (1882-1957). Plato was an African American pioneer in the field of architecture. He was the first African American to receive a government contract to build a post office. He designed thirty-eight post offices in his career as well as churches, schools, banks, theaters, and housing. The Plato collection here at The Filson consists of .33 cubic feet of personal and professional papers and approximately 600 photographs.

For additional information on Plato go to: well as other sources.

Post Office designed by Plato in Greensburg, Pa.

James J. Holmberg

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