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Steve Wiser is a Louisville Kentucky architect and historian. He gives talks on Louisville history and architecture as well as writes books and articles on these topics. This website contains information on Steve's various efforts. Scroll down this homepage and click on the webpage links to find out more on Steve's background and talks - tours which may be of interest to you.
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DISTINCTIVE HOUSES OF LOUISVILLE
$25 at following stores:
Carmichaels (Frankfort Ave & Bardstown Rd); A Readers Corner (2044 Frankfort Ave); Destination Bookstore (604 East Spring Street in New Albany); Conrad Caldwell House (1402 St. James Court); Brown Hotel Giftshop; Kentucky Museum of Arts & Crafts (700 Blk of West Main)
or, $20 plus $6 S&H athttp://vips.org/dhl.php
Louisville consistently ranks high as one of the best places to live in America. It was named the top livable city in 2012, 2008, and several other years over the past few decades. To be a great place to live, there has to be good, desirable neighborhoods and the city has many such as Old Louisville, Highlands, Cherokee Triangle, Crescent Hill, Audubon Park, just to name a few.
Within these remarkable environments are a variety of housing types: from basic shapes like Shotguns and Bungalows, to more elaborate styles such as Classical Revivals and Tudors. Louisvillians can choose from this diverse, wide collection a home design that fits their lifestyle. Among this large group, there are several select houses which involve more exceptional planning and craftsmanship. These distinguished homes also have fascinating histories of how they were built and who owned them.
These noteworthy houses are often in secluded, non-visible locations scattered throughout the region. Architect and historian Steve Wiser has researched these landmark residences and assembled them into this book “Distinctive Houses of Louisville”.
Along with photographer Dan Madryga, Steve provides the interesting details and features of these spectacular homes. This book is a visual and historical delight as to why Louisville continues to be such a great place to live.
All proceeds from this book benefit the Visually Impaired Preschool Services, www.VIPS.org
Modern Houses of Louisville
$20 plus $3 Shipping & Handling
100 pages (12 color)
SOLD OUT ! This book is now out of print and no longer available.
In the mid-1930s, a new style of residential architecture began being built in Louisville. At first, these dwellings were very basic in form. Flat roof, no ornamentation, and open interiors were the primary distinguishing features, a dramatic departure from the Tudor and Revivalist style homes found throughout Louisville's traditional neighborhoods. Over the past seven decades, modern houses have evolved into creative, distinctive blend of artistic and sculptural forms and spaces. While there are now numerous of these unique homes, they are scattered throughout the metro region, and often in secluded, non-visible locations. Architect and historian Steve Wiser has searched for these hidden architectural jewels through-out the community, and has assembled these remarkable designs into a book entitled: “Modern Houses of Louisville”.
Along with photographer Dan Madryga, Steve provides insight into the challenges and achievements of building these unconventional homes within Louisville's vernacular landscape. This will book is a visual delight as well as a thought-provoking excursion into the aesthetics of Louisville’s built environment.
Louisville Tapestry: People & Places who helped create America's Most Livable City
In 2008, Louisville, Kentucky, was recognized as the ‘Most Livable Big City in America’ by the U. S. Conference of Mayors. Louisville has always scored high on ‘livability’ rankings.There is not one specific reason for this remarkable quality of life recognition.Louisville has many desirable attributes that make it a great place to live.
When viewed as an overall aesthetic composition, Louisville resembles a ‘tapestry’ where its people and places are the ‘colorful threads’ which are integrally woven into an attractive, vibrant fabric, or ‘quality of life’.
But, how did all of these unique and distinctive components coalesce into this tapestry known as ‘Louisville, Kentucky’? There certainly is not one clear identifiable explanation that one can pinpoint of how this city has evolved into this ‘most livable’ result.
“Louisville Tapestry” is a behind-the-scenes look at this city’s most well-known places and people that have contributed to this Best-Place-to-Live outcome.People and places profiled include:
§The Olmsted Park system
§Two architects of distinctive landmarks
§Two sculptors of creative public art
§Local history influences that altered America’s destiny
§A famous family’s triumphs and tragedy
§And, how the city’s heritage is reflected in its planning and design
The details, or ‘threads’, of these people and places ‘weave’ a visual and engaging ‘fabric’, creating this favorable place to live, work, and play, which is a ‘tapestry’ that we call Louisville.
Sceniclandscapes and lovely neighborhoods: Louisville Kentucky is a great place to live and work. To showcase the beauty and heritage of this remarkable community, local architect and historian Steve Wiser asproduced this fascinating visual journey through Louisville’s past and present. From our acclaimed Olmsted parks and Churchill Downs, to world renowned Muhammad Ali and Colonel Harland Sanders, Louisville has a rich and colorful heritage which is presented on thisless-than 30 minute DVD production. There are over 100 landmarks and legendsmentioned, including: Falls of the Ohio, George Rogers Clark, Louisville Slugger, Frederick Law Olmsted, Courier-Journal, University of Louisville, President Zachary Taylor,Jefferson County Courthouse, Humana Building, David Jones, J. Graham Brown, Louis Brandeis, Farmington, Locust Grove, Al Schneider, West Main Street, and the Belle of Louisville.
If you are a new resident of Louisville, then you will learn the fascinating background of your new home.If you are a native Louisvillian, you’ll findoutdeails about your city that you never knew aboutbefore.
This pictorial journey will allow you to more fullyappreciate the beauty, history, and legacy of our wonderful community.Louisville Landmarks and Legends captures the essence of why we love to call this place home.