Ward, Jasper D. (1921-2002) Architectural drawings, 1924-1997 (bulk: 1949-1997)

Creator: Ward, Jasper D., 1921-2002

Title: Architectural drawings, 1924-1997 (bulk: 1949-1997)

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for this collection, contact the Collections Department at gro.l1721648537aciro1721648537tsihn1721648537oslif1721648537@hcra1721648537eser1721648537

Size of Collection: 67 ovsz. folders

Locator Number: Mss. AR W259


Biographical Note

Jasper D. (Dudley) Ward, III, a prominent architect in Louisville, was born on October 8, 1921, in Flemington, New Jersey to parents, Jasper D. Ward, II and Constance Fargis (Allen). Ward served in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers from 1943 to 1946, and then graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1948. Following his graduation, Ward worked under Gordan Bunshaft at the design firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. He married Lucretia Baldwin on November 12, 1949, in Scarsdale, New York, and together they had five children, Lucretia, Michael, James, Alexander, and Abigail.

Throughout his early career, Ward worked for multiple firms in New York and was a visiting professor at Columbia and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, before taking a job with the General Electric Company in Louisville. Unfortunately, his position was eliminated after seven months, but he soon found other employment in Louisville with the Reynolds Metals Company. In August of 1958, Ward started a private practice where he collaborated and fostered the careers of many promising young architects. He also was on the faculty of the University of Kentucky’s Department of Architecture. Thus, his influence went beyond his colleagues at his firm. Not one for retirement, Ward joined Hazelet * Erdal Consulting Engineers and Architects after closing his practice in 1993. At the time, the firm was Louisville’s largest civil- and structural-engineering firm. Then, in 1995, he joined The Stone Group—a firm established by Bill Stone. His wife, Lucretia, passed away in 1996, and in 2002, Ward died in Louisville at the age of 80.

Known for his enthusiasm for Modern architecture, Ward is sometimes credited with bringing the Modern style to Louisville. He did not limit himself in design nor in what projects he would accept. He worked with residential, commercial, educational, religious, and public projects at every scale imaginable, applying the same energy and creativity to each. His firm contributed to bold designs for housing, like the well-known Leight House in Louisville’s Glenview neighborhood. Other unique home designs include the A. H. Woode House, the Vernon Robertson Solar House, and the Bill Hume House. Ward brought character to basic building types, such as office buildings and parking structures. His firm’s 1966 design for the Doctor’s Office Building still stands at Floyd and Liberty Streets in Louisville. Ward’s notable Louisville parking structures include the 120 South Sixth Street garage, Louisville Gardens garage on Sixth near Cedar St., and the Federal Garage at Seventh and Magazine Streets. Multiple educational buildings benefited from Ward’s expertise, such as the St. Francis School in Goshen, KY, the Okolona Elementary School in Louisville, the University of Louisville’s Swain Student Activities Center, Portland Elementary in Louisville, and Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, KY. Ward’s firm also worked with numerous commercial clients in Louisville, including the City Blueprint building, Jake Seligman and Son’s Stout and Tall Men’s Clothing Store, Joe’s Palm Room, and Ollie’s Trolley. Ward is as well known for his unfulfilled projects as his completed ones.

Ward proposed exciting projects for Louisville, such as a mixed-use neighborhood along the Big Four Bridge and converting Ballard Mills’ concrete silos into a high-rise apartment. Although neither were ever constructed, they demonstrate his singular vision and his devotion to preservation. He was also a proponent of responsible urban planning, serving as president of the volunteer group called Citizens Metropolitan Planning Council, also as a chairman of a committee for the Louisville Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and was a member of the Cornerstone 2020 group, which had a role in writing the Jefferson County’s comprehensive land-use plan.

For more information on Jasper Ward and his wife, Lucretia Baldwin Ward, please see: https://lucretiaandjasperward.com/.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains architectural drawings of projects produced by Jasper D. Ward, which include working drawings for public, religious, residential, commercial, and educational buildings. Most architectural projects are located in the Louisville, Kentucky area; some projects from other locales are also present. The collection includes works associated with Ward and his firm’s most well-known designs, such as the Leight House, the Doctor’s Office Building, and his Louisville parking garages. Some of his most unique residential designs – including the A. H. Woode House, the Vernon Robertson Solar House, the Bill Hume House, and homes in the Benchmark subdivision in New Albany, Indiana – are also represented. Documents relating to bold proposals for the Big Four Bridge and the Ballard Mills silos are also included.

See the project index for more information [click here to access PDF].


Related Collections:

Jasper Ward papers (013×56)

Jasper Ward photograph collection


Container List

Folder 1: Yates Residence – Renovation

Early Times Office Building

Iroquois Park Municipal Riding Stable

Care Systems, Inc., Anne Lynne Manor Camelot

Folder 2: IBM Parts Distribution Center

Goodson Grove

The Cloister Project

Folder 3: Renovation and Expansion of Central Maintenance Facility

Survey for Steve Buren

Bill Hume House

Addition and Alterations to Wedekind House

Campbell Hall Apartments

James S. and Anne L. Pope House

Dulworth Main Street Warehouse Dock and Stairs

Jersey Park, Property of Margaret Tower

Folder 4: Hampton House

Model House Benchmark Lot #24

Jake Seligman & Son, Tall & Big Store

Folder 5: Sanctuary Building for Heritage Assembly of God

Springfield, Property of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Haynie

Stone Place Farm House

Folder 6: Top House Renovation

Jacobs Residence

A. H. Woody [i.e. Woode] House

Gentle Residence

Center for Accessible Living: An All-Use House; Center for Accessible Living – Renovation of Shotgun House

Folder 7: Early Education Program, Parent-Child Center

Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville

Lot No. 133 Fox Harbor

Addition and Renovation to Southwick Community Center

Riggs House

Addition to Shelor House

Gorham House, Benchmark, Lot No. 26

2016 Locust Lane

Folder 8: Neighborhood House

Christ Church Cathedral

House for Mr. & Mrs. William C. Bixby

Heritage Plaza

Louisville Zoo Concession Building and African Outpost

City Blue Building

Richard Johnson House, Benchmark

University of Louisville Cancer Center

Folder 9: Peterson Residence; Donald A. Peterson Tract; Peterson House

Central Printing Co.

Lot 10 Covered Bridge Crossing for Peters Construction Co.

Untitled Street Scene with Notes

Existing Site Plan For: 1211 W. Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky 40203

Fernlea Farm

Waverly Hill Sanatorium Railroad & Tunnel Location; Waverly Hills Senior Citizens Center

Ward House

Proposed Alterations to D + R Pharmacare

Iroquois Amphitheatre Renovation

New Fellowship Hall Addition to First Baptist Church

Folder 10: Unknown Building

Barney Bright residence

University of Louisville Radiation Center

Bill Newman House

Andral Lowe House

Residence for Robert E. Bennett

Spalding University Student and Conference Center

Spalding University Leadership Center

Folder 11: West Downtown Property Disposal Map

Walnut Ridge Subdivision

The Greater Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church

Dr. Young and Moses Office Building

Alterations to Residence for Grady Clay and Judith McCandless

Folder 12: Gayheart House

McAfee Funeral Home

New Building for PW Incorporated

Flanagan House

Folder 13: River Bluff Resort and Dock

H. L. Lyons Co.

Masonic Temple, Prince Hall, Grand Lodge

Rusty’s Produce Market

Plantation Aquatic Center Phased Development

Carriage House Renovation

A New Residence for Mr. and Mrs. David Murphy

Residence for Donnie & Buddy Lake

Stanford House Addition

Proposed Office Building & Parking Annex for Rosen Enterprises Inc.

Mason Residence

Parking Garage, 5th & Liberty

David and Susan Friedmann House, Benchmark

St. Charles Borromeo

Folder 14: Alterations to 2306 West Muhamad Ali for Mr. and Mrs. Jones

1123 S. 12th St. Apartments

Central Park East Restaurant, Bar and Restaurant Remodeling

Washburn Building

Emergency Stabilization Cast Iron Front for Louisville Stained Glass, Renovation of Building

Hutton House

Tom McCulloch House and renovations

Renovation of St. Paul School for the Society of St. Vincent DePaul Council of Louisville, KY

7th Street United Pentecostal Church

Renovations for Sleeping Rooms

A Residence for Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Skinner

Folder 15: Okolona Elementary School

Folder 16: Potter House

Liberty Farms Barn

Main Street Row Houses

Lampton Baptist Church

Redevelopment of South Brook Street

Alterations and Additions for 2412 West Muhammad Ali; Renovation of Residence for KeOliver McCall; Housing Rehabilitation Vacant Structure Program

Urban West One

Folder 17: Athletic Attic

Golde Shoe Center

Hermie’s Lazy Ace

Loading and Staging Area Addition Dixie Applience [sic] and Television Co.

Alterations and Additions to the Spickard-Leibson House

Love and Laughter Learning Center for R. W. Skaggs & Son

Alterations and Additions to Residence for Mr. and Mrs. David Bos

Folder 18: Ollie’s Trolley

Folder 19: Louisville Gardens Parking Garage

Louisville Galleria Parking Garage

Folder 20: French Quarters, Infill Housing

Folder 21: Dismas House Portland – Renovation of Warehouse Area

Folder 22: Willow Lake Tavern

Folder 23: Dismas House — St. Patrick’s Renovations

Folder 24: Dupont Manual High School

Folder 25: Ladies Home Journal Portfolio House

Folder 26: St. Francis School

Folder 27: Portland Elementary School

Folder 28: Leight House

Folder 29: North Facing Corner Prototype House, California Neighborhood Properties Incorporated

Single Family Dwelling Prototypes, California Neighborhood Properties Incorporated

Folder 30: Lyons Residence Section 2, Lots 25 + 26, Hermitage Ridge Farm

Folder 31: Brown Forman Break House

Folder 32: DuPont Manual – The Magnet School

Folder 33: Kentucky School for the Blind, Auditorium and Music Building

Folder 34: Landmarks Commission, Women’s Club Houses Auto House Plans

Exterior Stabilization 4th & Park Houses

Alterations to Building at 1332 South Fourth Street for Charing Cross Co.

Historic Landmark & Preservation Districts Commission

Folder 35: Highland Park Community Center

Folder 36: Bernie Miller Family Homes

Unknown Building

Wallace Buck Creek Rd

Folder 37: Residence of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Isaacs

Folder 38: Garage Addition, David Wilson House, Benchmark

Folder 39: Organizational Maintenance Shop, Boone National Guard Center

New Armory Building, Boone National Guard Center

Folder 40: Christ Temple Apostolic Church, Inc.

Folder 41: Holy Cross School, Rev. Patrick Delahanty

Holy Cross Church, Fr. Robertson

Folder 42: E. P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park Pool/Activities Complex

Folder 43: Preliminary Pool Layout for Tom Sawyer State Park

Folder 44: “Swain House and Garage; Solar Envelope House”

Folder 45: Residence for Marian Klein Koehler

Folder 46: Mobley House

Folder 47: JFK Memorial Library

Folder 48: Ballard Mills

Folder 49: Federal Parking Garage

Folder 50: Personal Care Home

Owenton Manor

Folder 51: Eduplay

Day Care Center, Apartment Peabody – Terril & Goldsmith

Eduplay Building, Kentucky Commission of Human Rights, Lawyer’s Building

Rockford Manor, Intermediate Care Home; Rockford Lane Day Care

Klondike Manor, Intermediate Care Home

Folder 52: Alterations to Building for Charing Cross Co., Care Inc. Renovations

Alterations to 1226 S. Second St for Charing Cross Company

Alterations to 109 West Burnett for Charing Cross Company

Alterations to 1238-1240 S. 1st St for Charing Cross Company

Alterations to Building at 1317 South First Street for Charing Cross Co.

Alterations to 216-226 Burnett for Charing Cross Company

Folder 53:  Watterson Expressway Buffering

Miller Café

St. Stephen Baptist Church Addition

George Bloch

Alteration and Addition to Residence for Dr. & Mrs. Glenn Barnes

The Barn

Development Proposal

Dr. James

Unknown Buildings

Folder 54: Martin Residence

Unknown Parking Garage

Sixth and Hill Development

Theatre Louisville

“House for Vernon Robertson; Vernon Robertson Solar House”

Mike Walsh

Unknown Buildings

Folder 55: Lakewood Baptist Church

Folder 56: Metropolitan Development

St. Francis of Assisi Community Center

J. B. Speed Art Museum

Folder 57: Alice Lloyd College

Folder 58: Alice Lloyd College

Folder 59: Sixth and Main Parking Garage

Folder 60: Third Bay Addition to 120 South Sixth Street Garage

Pre-Fabricated for Sixth and Main Parking Garage

Functional Plan, West Main Street Parking Garage

Louisville Windchime Gateway

Folder 61: City Parking Garage

Sixth and Main Parking Garage

Folder 62: Male High School

Folder 63: Student Activities Center, Belknap Campus, University of Louisville

Folder 63a: Student Activities Center, Belknap Campus, University of Louisville

Folder 64: Big Four Bridge – Urban Development Proposal

Folder 65: Doctor’s Office Building

Folder 65a: Doctor’s Office Building

Folder 66: ART ETC.

Warehouse -F Belvedere Corporation

Folder 67: Renovation of The Dismas House

Dismas House of Owensboro

Dismas House/Dierson Center


Subject Headings


Architects – Kentucky – Louisville.

Architecture – Awards.

Architecture – Designs and plans.

Architecture – Kentucky.

Architecture, Domestic – Kentucky – Louisville.

Ballard Mills (Louisville, Ky.)

Bridges – Kentucky – Louisville.

Buildings – Kentucky.

University of Louisville (Louisville, Ky.)

Louisville (Ky.) – Buildings, structures, etc.

Parking garages – Kentucky – Louisville.

School buildings – Kentucky.