Jasper Ward: Louisville's Modernist Icon
Louisville is known for its traditional preference in architectural design styles. From residential to institutional, local aesthetics tend to be based on ‘conventional’ construction. Louisville architect Jasper Ward was anything but conventional. A New Jersey native, Jasper brought a new approach to architectural design. Bold forms, no ornamentation, and a ‘hip cool’ appearance, Jasper’s buildings were unique and innovative. And, the manner in which he organized his studio was likewise unconventional. Instead of a top-down approach, he allowed his young staff freedom to express their ideas in his commissions. Led by local architect and historian Steve Wiser, this talk will explore the career of Jasper Ward, a mode-breaking modernist icon. Along with Wiser, Jasper’s former staff, as well as family members, will share their insights and background on this truly visionary and expressive architect. Steve Wiser is the author of several local architecture and history books including: Distinctive Houses of Louisville, Modern Houses of Louisville, Louisville Tapestry: People and Places who helped create America’s Most Livable City, and Louisville Sites to See by DESIGN.
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