William B. Scott collection on Kentucky Architecture

Abstract

The William B. Scott collection on Kentucky Architecture (dated 1855-1960; 3 cubic feet; 1 flat box, 3 case folders, 6 boxes of rolled drawings) consists of architectural plans, drawings, notebook, and ledger collected by William B. Scott, architectural historian, mainly documenting various architecture firms and individual buildings in Louisville and Frankfort, Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
William B. Scott collection on Kentucky Architecture
Extent
3 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Architecture -- Kentucky
Prisons -- United States -- History.
Houses -- Kentucky
Universities and colleges -- Kentucky.
Dormitories
Segregation in education -- Kentucky
Segregation in education -- United States.
Hospital records.
Freemasonry -- United States
Courthouses -- Kentucky.
Architectural design
Antebellum architecture
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Carol Street
Preferred Citation
2015ms085: [identification of item], William B. Scott collection on Kentucky Architecture, 1855-1960, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
William Blair Scott, Jr. was born June 1, 1959 to Frances Campbell Scott and William Blair Scott in Lexington, Ky. Scott graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1980 with a degree in historic preservation and then earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in American architecture from the University of Kentucky in 1998.
As an architecture historian and historic preservationist, Scott has worked to preserve over 100 buildings in the Commonwealth, including the Old Kentucky State Capitol, the Kentucky State Capitol, Lincoln's Childhood Home, Jacob Hiestand House, and the Simpson County Jail and Jailer's Residence. He has also written numerous articles and books on the history of Kentucky architecture, including Architecture of the Old South: Kentucky and Tennessee (Beehive Press, 1992); Kentucky Courthouses (Kentucky Bicentennial, 1991); and A History of the Architectural Profession in Kentucky (1986).
During his career, architects and former draftsmen would often give Scott their collections of architectural drawings and books to ensure their future use as archival materials.
Scott became very interested in the designs of prominent American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1998 he began collecting drawings, paintings, and sculptures by Wright and his students or followers. In 2013 he founded the Organic Architecture + Design Archives with the intention to preserve architectural documents related to the Wright's philosophy of organic architecture.
Scope and Content
The William B. Scott collection on Kentucky Architecture (dated 1855-1960; 3 cubic feet; 1 flat box, 3 case folders, 6 boxes of rolled drawings) consists of architectural plans, drawings, notebook, and ledger collected by William B. Scott, architectural historian, mainly documenting various architecture firms and individual buildings in Louisville and Frankfort, Kentucky. Firms represented include Clarke and Loomis, Architects (Kentucky Feeble Minded Institute blueprints, Frankfort, 1890); William J. Dodd and Arthur Cobb, Architects (Gilmer S. Adams residence drawings, Louisville, 1897-1898, see also 2012ms059); Kentucky Associated Architects (Kentucky State Prison blueprints and presentation portfolio, 1936-1938); and Otis and Grimes (Carroll County Memorial Hospital, Carrollton, Ky., 1954; Arcadia Motor Service Building blueprints, Owensboro, Ky., 1947; Bowling Green Colored School blueprints, Bowling Green, Ky., 1954; commercial building for Robert Marshall blueprints, 1949; Office, store, and lodge building blueprints, Bardstown, Ky., 1949; Mr. and Mrs. Dan Gardiner residence drawings, Shelbyville, Ky., 1953; Mr. and Mrs. Pryor Hower residence blueprints, Shelbyville, Ky., 1950; and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Long residence blueprints, Shelbyville, Ky., ca. 1947. There are also remnants of a John McMurtry ledger from the Bruen Foundry, about 1855, and a presentation ink and watercolor drawing of possibly the Owen County, Ky., courthouse by Nathanial Center Cook, 1858.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Architectural drawings, circa 1858-1960

Nathan Center Cook architectural drawing, circa 1858

Courthouse drawing, ink and watercolor on paper, presumed to be Owen County, Kentucky courthouse, circa 1858

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Clarke and Loomis, Architects architectural drawings, 1890

Feeble Minded Institute, Frankfort, Kentucky blueprints, 1890

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William J. Dodd and Arthur Cobb, Architects architectural drawings, 1897-1898

Gilmer S. Adams residence and stable architectural drawings and interior plans for library, parlor, iron details, and lighting plan, Louisville, Kentucky, ink on linen, 25 sheets, 1897-1898

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Associated Architects preliminary and construction architectural drawings, 1936-1938

Receiving and Medical Institution proposal drawings, blacklines, undated

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Kentucky State Prison preliminary drawings in bound presentation portfolio, 1936

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Kentucky State Prison, Oldham County, Kentucky, construction drawings, blueprints, Associated Architects, 1938

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Otis and Grimes, Architects architectural drawings, 1947-1954

Arcadia Motor Service sales and service building architectural drawings, Owensboro, Kentucky, blueprints, 14 sheets, 1947

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Mr. and Mrs. Henry Long residence architectural drawings, Shelbyville, Kentucky, blueprints, 6 sheets, circa 1947

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Free and Accepted Masons (F. & A.M.) Duvall Lodge #6 and commercial building architectural drawings, Bardstown, Kentucky, blueprints, 10 sheets, 1949

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Robert Marshall commercial building architectural drawings, 136 Breckenridge Lane, St. Matthews, Kentucky, blueprints, 9 sheets, 1949

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Mr. and Mrs. Pryor Hower residence architectural drawings, Shelbyville, Kentucky, blueprints, 8 sheets, 1950

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Carroll County Memorial Hospital architectural drawings, Carrollton, Kentucky, blueprints, 13 sheets, 1954

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Mr. and Mrs. Dan Gardiner residence architectural drawings, Shelbyville, Kentucky, pencil on tracing paper, 7 sheets, 1953

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Bowling Green Colored School architectural drawings, Bowling Green, Kentucky, blueprints, 19 sheets, 1954

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Thomas J. Nolan and Sons architectural drawings, 1960

Nazareth College dormitory building architectural drawings, 30 Fourth Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky, blueprints, 10 sheets

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Manuscripts, circa 1855-1861

Bruen Foundry ledger, circa 1855

  • Box 1, folder 1
The Bruen Foundry was one of the oldest architectural ironworks companies in Kentucky. It was associated with builder John McMurtry.
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Daniel Weisiger Lindsey journal on the history of architecture; includes handwritten text and pasted architectural images, 1861

  • Box 1, item 1
The Daniel Weisiger Lindsey The manuscript consists of written student notes that were likely taken from lectures at the Kentucky Military Institute in Frankfort or at Georgetown College in 1861. These classes would have been among the earliest classes in architecture in the state.
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