Luckett & Farley
|Incorporated, 100% ESOP|
|Industry||Architecture, engineering, interior design|
|Headquarters||Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.|
Number of employees
Luckett & Farley is an architecture, engineering, and interior design firm based in Louisville, Kentucky, that was founded in 1853, making it (along with SmithGroup) the oldest continually operating architecture firm in the United States that is not a wholly owned subsidiary. The firm began under the name Rogers, Whitestone & Co., Architects, changing its name to Henry Whitestone in 1857, to D.X. Murphy & Brother in 1890, and to Luckett & Farley in 1962. The company is 100% employee-owned as of January 1, 2012 and concentrates on automotive, industrial, federal government, higher education, healthcare, and broadcast + media markets. There are more LEED professionals at Luckett & Farley than any other company in Kentucky with 50, as of December 2012.
Departments consist of the following fields:
- Interior Design & Procurement
- Structural Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Building Commissioning
The Whitestone period
Henry Whitestone (1819–1893) was born at Clondegad House in County Clare, Ireland. He immigrated to the United States amidst famine and depression with his wife Henrietta in January 1852 from Innis, Ireland after he was recommended to Isaiah Rogers (1800–1869), for his work on the County Clare Courthouse. Rogers was an architect based in Cincinnati who came to be known as "the father of the American hotel". Whitestone's first project with Rogers was the Capital Hotel in Frankfort, Kentucky and a partnership formed in November 1853 when Rogers was contracted to rebuild the recently burned Louisville Hotel. Whitestone moved from Frankfort to Louisville and received 2/5 of all profits from the services he performed with Rogers.
The first office of Isaiah Rogers and Henry Whitestone was located at Bullit and Main Streets, near where the Riverfront Plaza/Belvedere is located today. Together they transformed Louisville into a "five-story city" and introduced the Italianate architectural style to the region. Whitestone separated from Rogers in 1857 and soon became the preeminent architecture firm in Louisville through the 1880s. Notably, Charles J. Clarke worked for Henry Whitestone during the Civil War and later formed a partnership with Arthur Loomis, to form the historically significant Louisville architecture firm Clarke and Loomis
Whitestone retired in approximately 1881 and died in 1893. An 1893 publishing of The American Architect and Building News wrote of Whitestone,
- "...forty years ago, in the prime of life, he was in the active practice of his profession, erecting buildings in that perennial style of Italian Renaissance, of which he was a master, and from which he was never lured by passing fashion."
He is buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville Kentucky alongside his wife and two daughters (Section C, lot 39). A marker located on Main St., across from the old Louisville Hotel, bears his name.
The D.X Murphy era
Dennis Xavier ("D.X.") Murphy (11/3/1853-8/27/1933), was born in Louisville after his parents immigrated from Ireland, began working as a draftsman at age 16 for Henry Whitestone. By 1874 he was the head draftsman and eventually took over the practice in 1880 just before Whitestone's retirement. It was at this point that the firm was renamed D.X. Murphy. His brothers James C. Murphy (1865-1935), later joined the practice in 1890 at which time the firm became D.X. Murphy and Brother. Their younger brother Peter C. Murphy subsequently joined and together they designed many of Louisville's Catholic Churches, among other many notable buildings, for significantly reduced fees on the order of 1% of construction costs. The Murphy's sister, Sr. Mary Anselm, was a nun with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Bardstown, Kentucky which likely led to many of the commissionings.
The firm's most famous work was that of the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs in 1895, designed by 24 year-old Joseph D. Baldez and constructed in time for the 21st Kentucky Derby.
Dennis Murphy died in 1933 and is buried at St. Louis Cemetery in Louisville.
In 1935 D.X. Murphy and Brother was sold by James Murphy's wife to D.X. Murphy and Brother Incorporated for a sum of $1,147, at which time Peter Murphy became president. By 1943, Peter Murphy was named chairman of the board and William G. O'Toole became president. Thomas D. Luckett II (1909 – 1996) became majority stakeholder in the firm upon O'Toole's passing in 1956 while Jean D. Farley (b. 1927) was named Vice President.
D.X. Murphy and Bro., Inc became Luckett & Farley, Inc on May 25, 1962, with T.D. Luckett and J.D. Farley sharing ownership.
D.X. Murphy occupied the old Louisville Trust Building (208 S. 5th St) until 1962 when the office was relocated to the Washington Building (4th and Market), which has since been demolished.
Luckett & Farley
By the time the firm was renamed Luckett & Farley Inc. in 1962 to reflect the change of ownership, civil and structural engineering services were also provided; Mechanical and electrical engineering services were added in 1970 in order to deliver better-coordinated construction documents to clients. By 1973 the firm name was changed to Luckett & Farley Architects, Engineers, and Construction Managers, Inc. and by the end of 1982, Jean Farley sold the company to Dennis Dewitt, Ronald Kendall, and Douglas Wilkerson.
In 2000 an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) was formed and by 2002, leadership was transferred to Ed Jerdonek, Belinda Gates, Gail Miller, and Rob Diamond. A design-build subsidiary, LFDB, was created in 1999 but has since separated with the company as of 2011. Belinda Gates retired from Luckett & Farley in 2010. On January 1, 2012, Jerdonek, Miller, and Diamond sold their interest in the company to the employee-owners, making Luckett & Farley 100% employee-owned. Luckett & Farley occupied the Washington Building from 1963 to 1968 when it moved to 215 W. Breckinridge and again in 1997 to their current location in the Prince Wells Building at 737 S. Third St.
|Generation||Name||End of Term|
|3||Dennis X. Murphy||1933?|
|4||James C. Murphy||1935|
|5||Peter C. Murphy||1943|
|7||Thomas D. (T.D.) Luckett II||1971|
|8||Jean D. Farley||1982|
Rogers & Whitestone's Work in Louisville (1853-1880)
|No.||Building Name||Year Constructed||Location||Still Standing?||Reference|
|1||Louisville Hotel||1853||610 W. Main St.||No|
|2||Barber-Barbour House; Rosewell||1854||6415 Transylvania Ave||Yes|
|3||Hunt-Hite Residence; Pendennis Club||1854||NW 2nd/Walnut||No|
|4||Newcomb Alexander Banking Building||1854||NW Main/Bullitt (across BB&T Bldg.)||No|
|5||T.T. Shreve Residence||1854||606 S. Walnut||No|
|6||The Galt House (Addition and Renovation)||1854||1st/Main||No|
|7||Monsarrat Fifth Ward Building||1855||5th/York||Yes|
|8||Col. Rueben Durrett Residence; The Filson Club; Home of the Innocents||1856||202 E. Chestnut||No|
|9||Richardson Burge Villa||1856||NW 7th/Main||No|
|10||Store; Seelbach European Hotel; The Old Inn||1856||SW 6th/Main||Yes|
|11||Richard Atkinson Residence||1857||SE 4th/Walnut||No|
|12||The Louisville Medical Institute||1857||SW 8th/Chesnut||No|||
|13||Cathedral of the Assumption Tower & Spire||1858||433 S. 5th||Yes|
|14||Horatio Dalton Newcomb, St. Xavier College||1859||118 W. Broadway||No|
|15||James C. Ford Residence; YMCA||1859||2nd/Broadway||No|
|16||Cook House||1860||1348 S. 3rd||Yes|
|17||James Irvin Residence||1860||2910 Northwestern||Yes|
|18||William A. Richardson's Ivywood||1860||3000 Dundee Rd||No|
|19||Baurman House||1866||1518 W. Market||Yes|
|20||John G. Baxter House; House of Refuge||1866||2035 S. 3rd||No|
|21||A.J. Ballard House||1867||NW Floyd/Walnut||No|
|22||Irvin Mausoleum||1867||Cave Hill Cemetery||Yes|
|23||Peterson-Dumesnil House||1869||301 S. Peterson||Yes|
|24||The Bridgeford-Monfort Home||1869||413 W. Broadway||No|
|25||The Galt House (2nd)||1869||1st/Main||No|
|26||Beckurt-B.F. Guthrie Residence||1870||Unknown||--|
|27||Ronald-Brennan House||1870||631 S. 5th||Yes|
|28||Weissinger-Chambers Residence||1870||402 Ormsby||No|
|29||Tompkins-Buchanan-Rankin House; Nazareth College; Spalding University||1871||851 S. 4th||Yes|
|30||Landward House (Robinson-Wheeler Residence)||1872||1385 S. 4th||Yes|
|31||Silas F. Miller House||1872||119 W. Broadway||No|||
|32||Lithgow Building; Louisville Board of Trade||1873||301 W. Main||No|
|33||Woodford H. Dulaney Residence||1872||SE 8th/Broadway||No|
|34||Bashford Manor Stables||1874||2040 Bashford Manor/Adele||No|
|35||Salve-Bullett Mausoleum||1875||Cave Hill Cemetery||Yes|
|36||City Hall Clock Tower Replacement||1876||601 W. Jefferson||Yes|
|37||James Henning Residence||1877||408 Ormsby||Yes|
|38||Louisville & Nashville Railroad Office Building; Whiskey Row Lofts||1877||133 W. Main||Yes|
|39||Charles Merriwether House||1878||3rd St.||Yes|
|40||Kentucky Wagon Works; KY Mfg. Co.||1878||2601 S. 3rd||No|
|41||Standiford Residence; School for Girls||1880||West side of 4th, between Breckinridge/Kentucky||No|
|42||Portland Federal Savings and Loan Bldg.||1887||539 W. Market||Yes|
|43||U.S. Custom House and Post Office (Supervising Architect)||1865 - 1881||3rd/Liberty||No|
|44||105, 107-109, 111 W. Main ("Whiskey Row")||1877, 1905, 1871||105, 107-109, 111 W. Main||Yes|
Partial list of work by D.X. Murphy & Brother in Louisville (1880-1933)
|No.||Building Name||Year Constructed||Location||Still Standing?||Reference|
|1||Louisville Railway Co. Car Barn||1883||SE 27th/Chesnut||Yes|
|2||Engelhard School||1886||119 E. Kentucky||Yes|
|3||St. Vincent de Paul Church||1886||1202 S. Shelby||Yes|
|4||Louisville City School Building||1888||22ndMagazine||Yes|
|5||Presentation Academy||1893||861 S. 4th||Yes|
|6||Churchill Downs Twin Spires||1895||9th/Central||Yes|
|7||St. Martin School||1896||Shelby/Gray||Yes|
|8||National Tobacco Work Branch Stemmery; Custom Mfg. Service||1898||2400-2418 W. Main||Yes|
|9||St. Boniface Catholic Church, rectory, and hall||1899||531 E. Liberty||Yes|
|10||St. Anthony Medical Center||1901||St. Anthony/Barrett||Yes|
|11||St. William Church||1901||13th/Oak||Yes|
|12||Basil Doerhoefer Residence||1902||4432 W. Broadway||Yes|
|13||Joseph B. Atkinson Elementary School||1902||28th/Duncan||No|
|14||Jefferson County Jail||1905||514 W. Liberty||Yes|
|15||Bonavita-Weller Residence||1906||12006 Ridge Rd.||Yes|
|16||St. Agnes Church||1906||1920 Newburg||Yes|
|18||Peter C. Doerhoefer Residence||1908||4422 W. Broadway||Yes|
|19||Snead Building (Glassworks)||1909||815 W. Market||Yes|
|20||Zinsmeister & Bro. Building||1910||14th/Jefferson||Yes|
|21||Tyler Hotel: Addition and Expansion||1911||323-345 W. Jefferson||No|
|22||Bardstown Rd. Presbyterian Church||1912||1722 Bardstown Rd.||Yes|
|23||Louisville Free Public Library||1913||1718 W. Jefferson||Yes|
|24||Alamo Theater; Ohio Theater||1914||444 S. 4th||No|
|25||German Bank, Louisville National Bank||1914||5th/Market||Yes|
|26||Louisville Hospital||1914||323 E. Chesnut||Yes|
|27||Stock Yard Exchange Buildings||1914||Main/Johnson||Yes|
|28||St. Patrick's School (Adjacent to Church)||1915||13th/Market||Yes|
|29||St. Patrick's Parochial School||1916||1524 W. Market||Yes|
|30||Glencoe Co. Warehouse; Bluegrass Distillery||1920||26th/Broadway||Yes|
|31||Ahrens School; Educational Resource Center||1922||546 S. 1st||Yes|
|32||Henry Vogt Machine Building||1922||10th/Ormsby||Yes|
|33||Home Life Building Addition; Heyburn Building||1922||239 S. 5th||Yes|
|35||St. Agnes Sanitorium; Our Lady of Peace||1923||Newburg Way||Yes|
|36||Waverly Hills Sanatorium||1926||4400 Paralee Lane||Yes|
|37||Grotto and Garden of Our Lady of Lourdes at St. Joseph's Infirmary||1927||James Guthrie Ct.||Yes|
|38||St. Cecilia Church and School||1927||25th/Slevin||Yes|
|39||St. Phillip Neri School and Rectory||1927||Woodbine/Floyd||Yes|
|40||Commonwealth Life Building||1928||NW 4th/Broadway||No|
|42||Bishop Floersh Residence||1931||111 S. 3rd||Yes|
|43||University of Louisville School of Medicine Additions||1937||550-554 1st||Yes|
|44||U.S. Custom House and Post Office (Supervising Architect)||1880 s||4th/Chestnut||No|
|45||American Tobacco Complex||1920 s||30th-32nd/Madison||No|
- Luckett & Farley has been awarded one of Kentucky's best places to work in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
- In 2012, it was named one of Louisville's best places to work by the Courier Journal.
- Cramer, James (2005). Almanac of Architecture and Design. Atlanta, GA: Greenway Communications. p. 348. ISBN 0967547792.
- "Courier-Journal Classified Ad 8". August 24, 1855.
- "Luckett & Farley A/E Firm Now 100 Percent Employee Owned". The Lane Report. February 1, 2012.
- GBCI. "GBCI LEED Professional Directory". Retrieved March 16, 2012.
- Wilson, Richard G. (1982). Victorian Resorts and Hotels. Victorian Society in America. p. 34.
- Thomas, Samuel W. (2009). The Architectural History of Louisville. Louisville, KY: The Filson Historical Society. ISBN 9781889937137.
- Kleber, John (1992). The Kentucky Encyclopedia. University Press of Kentucky. p. 948. ISBN 0813117720.
- Kleber, John (2001). The Encyclopedia of Louisville. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 42, 636. ISBN 0813121000.
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- Ticknor & Co. (August 5, 1893). "Vol XLI-No. 919, page 92". The American Architect and Building News. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
- "Cave Hill Cemetery". Retrieved March 17, 2012.
- Oberwarth, Clarence (1987). A History of the Profession of Architecture in Kentucky. State Board of Examiners and Registration of Architects. p. 19.
- Kentucky Historic Resources Inventory. "St. Boniface Church Complex". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
- Bock, Hal (May 7, 1995). "Steepled in Racing History : A Century for Churchill Downs' Landmark Twin Spires". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
- Eigelbach, Kevin (February 11, 2011). "Luckett & Farley sells interest in its design/build subsidiary". Business First Louisville. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
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- Lancaster, Clay (1991). Antebellum Architecture of Kentucky. The University Press of Kentucky. p. 199. ISBN 0813117593.
- Jones, Elizabeth F. (1974). Henry Whitestone: Nineteenth Century Louisville Architect.