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Gideon Shryock: Kentucky’s First Architect

Sunday, December 5, 5:00-4:00 pm – Louisville Free Public Library, Main Branch – This event is produced in partnership with the Louisville Free Public Library. – Gideon Shryock is perhaps Kentucky’s most famous and least known architect of the nineteenth century.  While many Kentuckians can point with pride to Shryock’s great surviving monuments in the Greek Revival style—Frankfort’s Old Kentucky Capitol, Lexington’s Morrison College, and Louisville’ Jefferson County Courthouse—very few are aware of this architect’s fascinating life story, his critical role in the American Greek Revival architectural movement, and the many other buildings, large and small, he constructed during his almost sixty -year-long career.  He was, in fact, Kentucky’s first native-born, professionally trained architect, and a man of great influence in the development of American architectural practice and history.  Co-authors Winfrey Blackburn and Scott Gill present a generously illustrated lecture drawn from their new book, Gideon Shryock: His Life and Architecture, 1802-1880, the first-ever comprehensive biography of this most important of Kentucky architects. 

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Spaces Available for Rent Beginning 2022

The Filson Historical Society is a unique venue that blends the historic with the modern and provides a stunning background for any event. Several areas of the campus are available to be rented for dinners, retreats, meetings, receptions, parties, or weddings. The venues have access to 74 free parking spaces and wifi, as well as small catering areas. All of the Filson’s facilities have accessible parking.

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The Filson will reopen to the public on September 1st, 2021 – Read More! All events are currently being held virtually; to register for our live virtual events, please visit our Events Page; for information on recorded lectures and other activities, please visit us online at Bringing History Home.

We are resuming in person research, and suggest reserving a seat – learn more here.  The research library is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm.  Please note: For the remainder of 2021 the Filson’s Research Library will be closing at 12:30 pm on the third Friday of each month.

We also continue to provide remote research services; please email gro.l1634903758aciro1634903758tsihn1634903758oslif1634903758@hcra1634903758eser1634903758.

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