Frank Lloyd Wright’s carbon copy in Louisville, KY


Photo by @theloutoday

In December, Carbon Copy art gallery held its opening reception + inaugural art show, “Joy with Sharp Edges.”

The new, appointment only art gallery in Old Louisville is located in a building that is a blueprint carbon copy of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Winslow House.


Carbon Copy once had a giant sloping roof like the Winslow House. | Photo by @theloutoday

Located at 1212 S. Fourth St. near Forage, the building was originally created in 1905 to be the headquarters of the Louisville’s Women’s Club by local architect Mason Maury, a decade after Wright designed the original at 515 Auvergne Pl. in River Forest, Illinois.

As a fan of Wright’s work, Mason took the blueprint of the modern monolith known as the Winslow House + recreated it in the sea of Victorian homes.

Originally, it was identical to its Illinois counterpart with its giant sloping roof and wide eaves, but after decades of disrepair + changing of hands, only traces of the similarities are still noticeable today — like the placement of the windows and horizontal striping details below them.


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Winslow House in Illinois. | Photo by Oak Park Cycle Club via Wikimedia Commons

Mason, who died in 1919, is also responsible for 700+ Derby City buildings and pioneered Richardsonian Romanesque + Prairie School architecture in Kentucky, with Prairie-style being the notable style of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Here are three other notable buildings Mason designed:

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