Best Kentucky Buildings

Vote August 15 through September

Friday, August 16, 2013

Contest LogosIn April, KET partnered with the Kentucky Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Kentucky) to ask the public to nominate their favorite buildings for two competitions, “50 of The Best Kentucky Buildings” and “Ten Buildings That Changed Louisville.” For the former, 50 finalists have been selected out of more than 300 submissions. Starting August 15 through the end of September, voting will take place to determine the ranking for the “50 of The Best Kentucky Buildings” competition.

The complete list of 50 buildings is below. To vote, visit

All nominations located in Jefferson County were automatically entered into the “Ten Buildings That Changed Louisville” competition and will be peer reviewed by a professional jury.)

The winners of both competitions will be announced in November at a special event to which nominees, owners and architects of the nominated buildings and the general public will be invited.

21C Museum Hotel, Louisville
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Aegon Center, Louisville
American Life & Accident Insurance Co., Louisville
Appalshop, Whitesburg
Bernheim Arboretum Visitor Center, Clermont
Calumet Farm, Lexington
Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, Louisville
Cathedral of the Assumption, Louisville
Centre Family Dwelling, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg
Conrad Caldwell House Museum, Louisville
Federal Hill (My Old Kentucky Home), Bardstown
Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium, Louisville
Humana Tower, Louisville
Irvin Cobb Hotel, Paducah
Jacob’s Hall Museum, Kentucky School for the Deaf, Danville
Jesse R. Zeigler House, Frankfort
John B. Begley Chapel, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia
Kaden Tower, Louisville
Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, Frankfort
Kentucky State Capitol Building, Frankfort
Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Frankfort
Kincaid Towers, Lexington
Leight House, Louisville
Locust Grove, Louisville
Louisville Water Tower and River Road Pumping Station
Louisville Water Works Crescent Hill Filter Plant
Meadow View Cemetery Funeral Pavilion, Louisville
Memorial Coliseum, Lexington
Moremen Chapel at Riverside, Louisville
Newport Courthouse
Northern Kentucky University Student Union, Highland Heights
Old Morrison, Lexington
Old State Capitol, Frankfort
Paducah City Hall
Pope Villa, Lexington
Portland Elementary School, Louisville
Samuel J. Richie Building, Kentucky School for the Blind, Louisville
St Matthews Episcopal Church, Louisville
St. James Catholic Church, Louisville
St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Covington
The Ascent at Roebling Bridge, Covington
The Louisville Ballet Center
The Louisville Palace
The Powell Building University Center, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond
Twin Spires of Churchill Downs, Louisville
University Health Services, University of Kentucky, Lexington
Waterfront Park Place, Louisville
Whitehaven Welcome Center, Paducah
Wickland, Home of Three Governors, Bardstown

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