Celebrating Kentucky Architecture

To celebrate the 50th anniversary the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Kentucky, KET and AIA Kentucky embarked on an ambitious seven-month statewide effort to explore the impact that Kentucky’s rich architecture has on how Kentuckians live, work and play.

In April 2013, the public was asked to nominate their favorite buildings for two competitions, "50 of The Best Kentucky Buildings" and "Ten Buildings That Changed Louisville."

In August and September, the public then voted again to determine the ranking for the "50 of The Best Kentucky Buildings" competition. For the "Ten Buildings That Changed Louisville" competition, all nominations located in Jefferson County were automatically entered and were peer-reviewed by a professional jury.

The culmination of this effort was celebrated at a special event in Louisville on Nov. 21, 2013, where AIA Kentucky observed its milestone anniversary, and the results of both contests were revealed.


Competition Results:

View Louisville Life segments featuring the 10 Buildings That Changed Louisville:

"Ten Buildings That Changed Louisville" (in alphabetical order)

  • Actors Theatre of Louisville
  • American Life & Accident Insurance Company Building
  • Ballet Building
  • Bowman Field Terminal
  • Humana Building
  • Levy Brothers Building
  • Louisville Water Tower and River Road Pumping Station
  • Seelbach Hotel
  • 21c Museum Hotel
  • United States Marine Hospital


"The Best Kentucky Buildings" (based on number of votes)

 1. Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption Covington
 2. The Ascent at Roebling's Bridge Covington
 3. The Louisville Palace Louisville
 4. Jacobs Hall Museum Danville
 5. Old State Capitol Frankfort
 6. NKU Student Union Highland Heights
 7. Twin Spires of Churchill Downs Louisville
 8. Federal Hill (My Old Kentucky Home) Bardstown
 9. Calumet Farm Lexington
10. Jesse R. Zeigler House Frankfort



Architecture AIA Kentucky 50:50 Louisville Top 10 Buildings