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Owsley Brown II History Center receives AIA award

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Filson Historical Society’s Owsley Brown II History Center has received a 2022 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Award. The 2022 Architecture program celebrates the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type. A nine-member jury selected submissions that demonstrate design achievement, including a sense of place, purpose, history, and environmental sustainability.

“This is a wonderful honor for the architects and for The Filson Historical Society. The building is spectacularly beautiful and highly functional.  It serves as a fantastic place to explore history, a welcome anchor to Old Louisville’s streetscape, and a gathering space for our city, state and region,” said Richard H. C. Clay, President and CEO of the Filson.  “We are grateful to the American Institute of Architects for this recognition.”

The Owsley Brown II History Center, designed by de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, opened in October 2016 as part of the larger renovation of the Filson’s campus at 3rd and Ormsby. The building has been the recipient of several design awards in addition to the recent AIA award and has been featured in several premier architectural publications.

“We appreciate what a unique opportunity it was to collaborate with the Filson Historical Society’s incredible leadership and personnel on this multi-layered project,” said Roberto de Leon and Ross Primmer in a joint statement. “This highest honor from our peers, and inclusion in such an accomplished group of international projects, reflects both the ongoing vision and tireless commitment of all those involved in the project’s realization.”

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About AIA
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About the Filson Historical Society

Since its founding in 1884, The Filson Historical Society has preserved the region’s collective memory, not only of Kentucky but also of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South. The Filson continues to collect and share the significant stories of the region. An independent historical society, The Filson serves the public through its extensive research collections and numerous educational opportunities. The Filson is headquartered in the Ferguson Mansion in Old Louisville and offers research facilities, event, and rental space.