Gray, George Herbert (1874-1945) Architectural Drawings, 1905-1919

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: George Herbert Gray, 1874-1945

Title: Architectural Drawings, 1905-1919

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for this collection, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection: 20 folders, oversized

Location Number: Mss./AR/G779

Biographical Note

George H. Gray (1874-1945), an architect in Louisville during the early 20 th century, studied architecture at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He settled in the Louisville area as a draftsman in 1906 and married Mary Belknap in 1909. Over the next decade, he practiced under several firm names, including Gray & Hawes and Gray & Wischmeyer as well as under his own name. He designed a number of noted residences and churches while in the state, as well as various other buildings. With the start of World War I, Gray joined the U.S. Engineering Corps and served in France through the end of the war, ascending to the rank of Major. Upon return to the United States, he established residence in New Haven, CT where he again practiced architecture until retirement in 1942.

Scope and Content Note

Collection includes Gray’s architectural drawings created while working at Louisville-based architectural firms Gray & Hawes and Gray & Wischmeyer as well as under his own name. Types of architectural drawings include blueprints, drafting linen sets, and pencil on trace paper for residential, ecclesiastical, and educational buildings as well as landscape studies and designs including Olmstead Brothers Landscape Architecture Firm drawings for the Belknap estate in Louisville, Ky. The collection includes drawings for Lincliff, The Midlands, Oxmoor, Bethlehem Evangelical Church, Church of Our Merciful Savior, Kentucky Child Welfare Exhibit, Parkland School, Pershing Stadium (in Paris, France), St. George’s Mission, St. Mary’s Protestant Episcopal Church, Wyoming and Navarre Reality Co. See project index for more complete list.

Folder List

Folder 1: Mrs. Charles Allen, formal garden, 1912, 1916; Mrs. Richard H. Barker, residence, 1909

Folder 2: Bethlehem Evangelical Church, 1915

Folder 3: Percy N. Booth, Esq., garage, 1912; Mr. J. W. Brown, residence, n.d.

Folder 4: William Marshall Bullitt, residence, n.d.; Church of Our Merciful Savior, 1912

Folder 5: Mr. B. Compton, residence, n.d.

Folder 6: Grade School Building, 1910; Dr. I. H. Harrington, residence, 1914

Folder 7: Mrs. S. K. Henning, residence, 1909; Isaac Hilliard, plot plan, 1916

Folder 8: Lewis C. Humphrey, residence, 1915; Kentucky Child Welfare Exhibit, general plan, 1912

Folder 9: Lincliff, estate of Wm. Belknap, 1905-1906, 1914, n.d

Folder 10: Henry Manley, residence, 1913

Folder 11: The Midlands, estate of M. S. D. Belknap, 1911, 1914-1917, n.d.

Folder 12: The Midlands, estate of M. S. D. Belknap, 1916

Folder 13: Jacob Nill, bakery & residence, 1913; Parkland School, alterations & additions, 1911

Folder 14: Pershing Stadium, 1919

Folder 15: William Ruedeman, residence & garage, 1913

Folder 16: St. George’s Mission, building, 1910-1912; St. Mary’s Protestant Episcopal Church, 1913

Folder 17: Mr. M. McGehee Stokes, residence, 1910; Sarah Grimes Talbott, restoration & additions, 1908

Folder 18: Mrs. L. L. Thompson, residence, 1915

Folder 19: Mr. E. H. Wedekind, residence, 1914

Folder 20: Wyoming and Navarre Reality Co, apartment building, 1908

Subject Headings

Architecture – Designs and plans

Architecture – Kentucky – Louisville

Architecture, Domestic

Belknap family

Church architecture – Kentucky – Louisville.

Gardens – Designs and plans

Gray, George Herbert, 1874-1945

Hawes, Henry

Landscape design

Lincliff (Ky.: Estate)

Midlands, The (Louisville, Ky.)

Olmsted Brothers

Wischmeyer, Herman

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