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Louisville architect-historian to discuss city's modern homes

by UofL Today last modified Oct 21, 2010 02:12 PM

Gems of modern architecture are scattered throughout Louisville — many hidden in secluded spots — but local architect and historian Steve Wiser plans to reveal many of these unconventional homes in an Oct. 28 University of Louisville talk.

Louisville architect-historian to discuss city's modern homes

Louisville architect Steve Wiser wrote a book about the city's modern houses.

His free public talk on “Modern Houses of Louisville” will begin at 6 p.m. in Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St., next to UofL’s Belknap Campus. UofL’s fine arts department sponsors the Frederic Lindley Morgan architectural history lectures, named for the late Louisville building designer.

Wiser is author of a book by the same name, and he plans to show photos by the book’s photographer, Dan Madryga.

Wiser will discuss how the new style of residential architecture sprang up in the 1930s and marked a dramatic departure from Louisville’s more traditional homes. The modern houses first featured flat roofs, spare styles and spacious interiors, although Wiser says they now are a combination of artistic shapes and spaces.

The architect, who specializes in health care design, has been president of the Louisville Historical League and the American Institute of Architects’ local chapter. Other books he has published include “Louisville 2035” and “Louisville Tapestry: People and Places That Helped Create America’s Most Livable City.” Wiser also is tour guide at historic Cave Hill Cemetery.

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