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James Ware and Matthew Kennedy Kentucky State House records, 1814-1816

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Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey


James Ware and Matthew Kennedy Kentucky State House records




University of Kentucky Special Collections


Collection is arranged chronologically.

Location note

Housed with multiple collections.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

2012MS060: [identification of item], James Ware and Matthew Kennedy Kentucky State House records, 1814-1816, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.01 Cubic feet

1 box


The Kentucky legislature formed a commission in 1814 to oversee the building of a second state house after the first burned to the ground the previous year. The commission included John Brown, Daniel Weisiger, Richard Taylor, William Hunter, and Jephthah Dudley. They hired Matthew Kennedy to design the house and James Ware for the carpentry. The second state house, completed in 1816, was a nine bay classical structure with a two-tiered cupola. In 1824 the building was destroyed by fire.

Kleber, John E. The Encyclopedia of Kentucky. Lexington, Ky: University Press of Kentucky, 1992. Google books. Web. 8 February 2012.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of three contracts regarding the building of the Kentucky State House by James Ware and Matthew Kennedy.


  • Central Kentucky Antique Mall.
  • Frankfort (Ky.)--History.
  • Kentucky State Capitol (Frankfort, Ky.)
  • Bradford, John, 1747-1830
  • Weisiger, Daniel, 1763-1829
  • Carpenters.
  • Contracts.

User Restrictions

The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

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