Now Available! Recently Cataloged Architectural Collections

The following architectural collections are now available for research: Kolbrook, Joseph H., 1891-1976. Architectural drawings, 1923-1976. 1,676 sheets; 22 folders and 2 rolls. (opening image taken from the Kolbrook collection; image depicts summer cottage of Dr. and Mrs. WR Pettigrew) Hutchings, E. T., 1886-1958. Julius Ellis residential architecture drawings, 1923. 5 sheets. Bradford Mills. Architecture drawings, ca. 1898-1924 (bulk: 1924). […]


Exploring the architecture of Crescent Hill and the Highlands

Unknown residence [ARS-37]

By Chip Arbegust, Filson Special Collections Volunteer For the last two years I have been volunteering in The Filson’s Special Collections department assisting with scanning photographs for image orders, in-house use, and different cataloging projects headed by Associate Curator of Photographs, Heather Potter.  As I walked through the doors of the Filson one Tuesday morning last November, per usual, I […]


Louise Leland: Kentucky’s First Female Architect

Born in Springfield, Illinois in 1902, Louise Leland was the daughter of Jerome and Gertrude Akin Leland. Jerome, a descendant of the Lelands connected with some of the country’s earliest examples of fine hotels (examples include: Metropolitan Hotel and Sturtevant House, New York City; Grand Union Hotel, Saratoga Springs; Occidental Hotel, San Francisco and Leland Hotel, Springfield), was himself employed […]