Abraham Lincoln Statue

This 14 foot bronze sculpture was presented to the Commonwealth of Kentucky by James Breckinridge Speed of Louisville. On November 8, 1911, President William Howard Taft dedicated the work. Adolph Alexander Weinman, a German immigrant, was a noteworthy sculptor who also made war memorials and government monuments throughout the country, including a seated Lincoln in…

Centennial Murals: Nature, Progress, Culture and Industry

When the Capitol was constructed, space for murals was provided in the pendentives, the reverse triangular spaces right below the dome, but the murals were not completed until 2010 — 100 years later. The four pendentive murals inside the dome reflect the range of diversity, professions, landmarks, architecture and culture that comprises the rich social…

Daniel Boone Monument

This monument, a tribute to Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca was built by John Haley in 1860. In 1862, Robert E. Launitz added four marble panels depicting scenes from Daniel and Rebecca’s lives. One showed Daniel fighting two Indians. Another showed Rebecca milking a cow. A third showed Daniel speaking to a boy, and…

Ephraim McDowell Statue

Charles Niehaus created two of the statues in the state capitol rotunda, the statues of statesman, Henry Clay, and Ephraim McDowell, a frontier physician. These two statues are actually painted plaster models for the bronze cast statues that represent Kentucky in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building.

Hathaway Hall

Hathaway Hall, constructed in 1967, is the primary classroom building at Kentucky State University. In 1968 it became the first building in Kentucky to win an Institute Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. It was considered by many to be the most advanced piece of architecture in the state of Kentucky. Designed in…

Henry Clay Statue

Charles Niehaus created two of the statues in the state capitol rotunda, the statues of statesman, Henry Clay, and Ephraim McDowell, a frontier physician. These two statues are actually painted plaster models for the bronze cast statues that represent Kentucky in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building.

Josephine Sculpture Park

The Josephine Sculpture Park is a unique stop on the Frankfort Public Art Tour because it is constantly changing with the seasons. A non-profit outdoor gallery, the park is free and open every day. Visitors can meander walking paths through native meadows to view nearly seventy works of art, some of which are permanent and…

Kentucky Floral Clock

  • William C. Livingston, Oberwarth and Livingston Architects
  • 1961, Concrete bowl with gold cast aluminum hands on stone pool with flowers and soil
  • location700 Capitol Avenue

The giant clock is a 34-foot wide planter that weighs 100 tons and is suspended above a reflective pool of water. The clock face is composed of more than 10,000 flowers that are grown in greenhouses near the state capitol. The minute hand is 20 feet long, and the hour hand is 15 feet long.…

Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial

This memorial is in the form of a large sundial. The stainless steel gnomon casts its shadow upon a granite plaza. There are 1,103 names on the memorial, including 23 missing in action. Each name is engraved into the plaza, and placed so that the tip of the shadow touches his name on the anniversary…

Pediment on the State Capitol

The Kentucky State Capitol boasts an impressive collection of public art, starting with the Capitol building itself. Dedicated in 1910, the Capitol combines elements of classical Greek architecture with highly ornate French styling in a Beaux Arts style. The pediment of the front portico, designed by Charles Niehaus, is richly sculpted with allegorical figures. The…

Whitney M. Young, Jr. Statue

Whitney M. Young, an alumnus of Kentucky State University, was an African American civil rights leader from Shelbyville Kentucky. He spent most of his career working to end employment discrimination in the United States and transforming the National Urban League from a relatively passive civil rights organization into one that aggressively fought for equitable access…

Ziegler House

Completed in 1910, the Prairie Style Zeigler house is the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed structure in the state of Kentucky. Frank Lloyd Wright is considered the greatest of the 20th Century American Architects. Originally built for the Rev. Jesse R. Zeigler, the house has a lighted stained-glass case surrounding the fireplace at the ceiling.…