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The rounded edges of the surface and stairs give this deck a unique look and feel, while the contrasting color of the railing helps to define each space and provides a clear perimeter. The copper half moon lighting, by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, shines down softly on the transition areas without creating a glare, adding to the elegant design. See More on page 26.
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Traditional décor in the home’s formal dining room works nicely with the wainscoting trim and ceiling medallion, while the bright coral color on the walls is nicely accented by the area rug from Frances Lee Jasper Oriental Rugs. See More on page 42.
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1 Of all items associated with the Kentucky Derby, perhaps the most collected is the Derby Glass. Originally introduced in 1938, the glass that has become synonymous with The Derby and collected by the event’s fans around the world, was originally intended for more utilitarian purposes. According to Chris Goodlett, Curator of Collections for the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, the glass was originally intended to be used as a water glass and was only available in certain areas of the track. After that, the decision was made to produce another glass in 1939 due to the fact that the first glass was being sought after as a collectible. Today, the glasses are used at The Derby to serve its iconic drink, the Mint Julep. According to Goodlett, the use of the glasses for serving Mint Juleps at The Derby can be traced to the 1940’s, as this is when references were made in Louisville newspapers of Juleps being served in the glasses. As the years have passed the collecting of Derby glasses has become a worldwide pastime. Some glasses are more valuable than
others, and like all antiques and collectibles, value is determined by rarity. Currently, the 1940 glass is fetching the highest price. Today all Derby glasses are just that, made from glass. But the 1940 glass was made from aluminum, and during the World War II years of the 1940’s when the production of glass was problematic, the Derby “glasses” were actually made from Bakelite, an early plastic that is a collectible in and of itself, making these war-time items even more sought after. By the 1950’s, Derby glasses were a staple of Derby memorabilia. By 1954, the tradition of listing all the former Derby winners on the back of the glasses had become a tradition. In 1979, a crown symbol was added to the side of each horse’s name who had won each “jewel” of Thoroughbred racing’s “Triple Crown;” the Derby, The Preakness, and The Belmont Stakes. Another symbol was also added in 1981 to denote those Derby winners who were female, or in Thoroughbred nomenclature, “Fillys.”
1. From left to right, Derby glasses From 1966, 1967, and 1968. Collection of Allison Poole Buckley. 2. Derby glasses from the seventies: 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1974. Collection of Allison Poole Buckley. 3. Mid Century Derby glasses: 1960, 1957, 1963, and 1962. Collection of Allison Poole Buckley.
3 The glasses that exist with dates prior to 1973 are generally more valuable. This is, according to Goodlett, due to the fact that prior to 1973 Derby glasses were only available at Churchill Downs. After that, Churchill began allowing retail outlets outside the track to offer the glasses for sale. As a result, many more glasses were produced and therefore are easier for collectors to acquire. Mistakes on Derby glasses also make them more valuable. As Chris Goodlet notes “sometimes the mistake in and of itself makes it more rare” thereby increasing its value. This was the case with the 2003 glass, when glasses were produced erroneously listing Bugoo King with a crown symbol next to his name identifying him as a Triple Crown winner, which he was not. Although production was halted
and a new batch of corrected glasses were produced, a rush of sales occurred on the incorrect glasses, with many consumers buying them by the case in anticipation of an increased value. These legendary glasses are part of the culture of The Derby and our state. Perhaps one of the most charming aspects of them as a collectible is their appeal to everyone from those of the most modest means to their presence in some of the finest homes in Kentucky and beyond. Like The Derby, they bind us as Kentuckians and serve as a symbol of the Commonwealth’s great Thoroughbred history.
AS THE YEARS HAVE PASSED THE COLLECTING OF DERBY GLASSES HAS BECOME A WORLDWIDE PASTIME.
Jerry Shrout is the proprietor of Thoroughbred Antique Gallery in Lexington. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-233-9375. www.kentuckyhomesandgardens.com
Cindy J., Nicholasville, Ky.
Your idea of choosing an area rug to brighten the space is a good one, but there is a problem you should be aware of. Because the pile of the carpet beneath moves back and forth it will cause the rug to walk making it wrinkle and bunch. You will constantly be tugging it back into place. There is a pad called “Double Sided Rug Luck” that will stabilize the rug. It is sticky on both sides and made to go between carpet and rug. It can be difficult to find but Oriental Rug Outlet in Brannon Crossing in Nicholasville carries it. The proper size would be based on your furniture arrangement. If you have a conversation area of a sofa and one or two chairs, I like to have it large enough to at least go under the front legs of those pieces of furniture. Ideally it is nice to have all four legs of the furniture sitting on it with 6 – 12 inches of rug around the perimeter. Avoid just laying a rug in the center of the grouping as it looks skimpy and what I call “the postage stamp look.” Typically an 8 x 10 is generous enough to make a nice statement for an 84” sofa. Also, consider laying the rug on the diagonal of the grouping for even more drama. Other ideas to add color and interest is to toss colorful accent pillows on the sofa and chair(s) or select a pleasing color from the upholstery and paint the walls. Don’t be shy about doing all three ideas to make the room complete.
I NOTICED IN LOOKING THROUGH SOME MAGAZINES ON INTERIOR SPACES, THAT SOMETIMES THE DOORS IN THE HOME ARE PAINTED A DIFFERENT COLOR THAN THE TRIM AND THE WOODWORK. I AM THINKING ABOUT DOING THIS, BUT AM AFRAID TO JUMP INTO THIS PROJECT WITHOUT MORE INFORMATION. CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME GUIDELINES FOR DOING THIS? Sharon G. Elizabethtown, Ky.
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MY CONDO HAS BEIGE WALL TO WALL CARPET BUT I WOULD LIKE TO BRIGHTEN UP THE AREA AROUND MY COUCH AND COFFEE TABLE. IS IT ACCEPTABLE TO PLACE AN AREA RUG ON MY CARPET? IF SO, HOW DO I CHOSE THE SIZE RUG TO USE?
Hi Sharon. I love your idea of putting an accent color on an interior door! It’s a trendy way to quickly update a room with minimal cost. This spring, we are seeing an explosion of color throughout the home. Whether it’s on fabric or walls, it seems to be coming back strong so it’s a great time for you to experiment. Here’s a check list to consider before running to the paint store. First, decide which door would benefit most from a stroke of color. The idea is to use color to set the mood and create a focal point in an area. Imagine a bright yellow door at the end of a dark hallway, or grassy green french doors leading to your garden. While one is more dramatic than the other, either would make a bold statement. Of course the door color needs to relate to other elements in your room. Look for clues to help you find the perfect one. Walls, rugs, draperies and even accessories can give you direction. What accent color stands out? Pick one that will complement the other pieces. I like to think of a room as a balance of color and proportion, with everything flowing in harmony. The painted door becomes part of this balance so choose with care, but have fun. It’s only paint, after all. Embrace the joys of good design!
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Most of us at one time or another remember having experiences in homes of friends where everything just seemed to be uniquely connected so that light and movement had a natural flow. We sometimes wondered how this was accomplished. The sensations we experienced in the space left lasing impressions on us, stirring our sense of wonder. How did they do that and why did that happen? Those are good questions! Intentional manipulation of space and movement is an art and talent that requires careful study of use and function. It rarely just happens. It is, however, a beautiful thing when it does come together. How we define and enjoy our personal spaces is purely up to the the individual(s) living there and we are all very different. Some of us go so far as to analyze each and every element that comprises our personal environment. Others are perfectly content to live their lives completely unaware of their surroundings. Neither is right or wrong...it is just the way we are. Most land somewhere in the middle of this. We often live in homes built and designed by the previous owners, purchasing what they choose to leave behind. Often, this is a conglomerate of rooms, separated by walls and connected by halls and doors. The adventurous sort will move walls, doors and windows to help the house fit our lifestyle and needs. The rest of us will just move in and make do, never questioning “what if” or “what could be”. We do the best we can with what we have to work with. The real excitement starts with some simple investigation followed by some adjustments to this wall or this door. Other adjustments to enhance the space might include adding skylights or additional windows. The “what if” starts to take on a life of its own. The power to change space to better fit our needs is exhilarating. The same is true of our gardens and landscaping. We purchase homes based somewhat on the first impression we receive from the front of the house and the landscape, commonly known in the real
estate business as “curb appeal”. Looking within the home we find a space that will support our needs. We move through the house to the back yard where we might find things such as a terrace for sitting and eating, a garage for the family cars, a fence and yard for the dog and maybe a few tomatoes. With all elements in place we move in and call it home. Amazing things can happen when we marry our interior with our exterior. Rooms can flow with movement, spaces take on stronger intention and function is welcomed. Our enjoyment and time spent in this home and garden blend is more meaningful. Ways to achieve this movement can result from major changes such as replacing the flooring in an interior space to one that can be carried outdoors to an adjoining exterior space. Natural stone, brick and porcelain tiles are perfect for this idea. Even the act of cleaning dingy windows can add to bringing the outside view indoors. Another idea is to plant trees or shrubbery outside a window to act as a privacy barrier and allow the removal of interior window treatments to further open up indoor space while adding more natural light to a room. These things provide a value uniquely impossible to measure. Challenge yourself to expand thinking beyond the four wall of your home, beyond the four sides of your yard and to 360 degrees outside the boundaries of your yard. Expand your views, your potential and your privacy. Strive to integrate your interior functions with your gardens functions. Every movement should be a pleasure and all of your views should provide movement. Yes, it can be a challenge to do so, but it is well worth the energy. Maximizing your spatial pleasures is an ongoing work of art and a labor of love, never to be taken for granted. Bill Henkel, Landscape Architect and Certified Healing Garden Designer Partner, Henkel Denmark, Inc. Total Landscape Care magazine’s “2012 Landscaper of the Year” company recipient
by Christina Noll
1. A rustic chaise lounge is the optimal blend of function and beauty, providing the perfect spot for relaxing by the pool or soaking up the sun year round.
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2. Elegant furnishings, paired with lamps, rugs and other accessories made especially for outdoor use, extend the home right into the the outdoors, providing a functional and natural living space.
Before you drag out your same old tired patio furniture this year, think about this: 3 Is your patio an extension of your home living space? If not, it may be time for a makeover. Faye Schimke, Store Manager of Housewarmings in Lexington says recently more homeowners are looking to transition outdoor patio space into a second living room. “They’re looking to expand their space and finding it’s less expensive to expand to the outside than to incorporate an addition into the house,” she explains. A patio makeover is just the solution. It’s easy to dress up your outdoor space with the wonderful new designs in outdoor furniture. No longer limited to a choice between metal and whicker, new patio furniture offerings feature stunning colors and a range of materials. “There is a lot of interest in brighter colors right now,” says 3. Classic wicker is both memorable and Schimke. “The neutrals go with everything, but enduring, and the perfect compliment to using accents, such as umbrellas or pillows, give the any indoor or outdoor living space. space a pop of color.” Allison with Summer Classics in Louisville home into the outdoors. And they’re not just buying patio furniture says one of the latest trends is outdoor furniture featuring several that looks like indoor furniture. “They’re putting together the whole different mediums. “For example a chair might have different types picture—sofa, rug, lamps, everything—making it another room of material on it, giving it more interest,” she says. Another trend, in their home,” she says. Outdoor televisions, fireplaces, and even she says, is patio furniture that mimics indoor furniture, taking the outdoor art make the space complete. “One thing we’ve brought into indoor market outside. “We are also starting to see more interest the store this year are outdoor topiaries and outdoor hedges, in pots,” in a contemporary look,” says Schimke, “or not what’s a true says Allison. They help frame the space and define boundaries. contemporary, but what’s called a transitional contemporary.” Schimke recommends pergolas as an excellent way to cover your Just like Schimke, Allison says homeowners are extending the
4. Traditional wicker designs offer a classic outdoor look and in today’s modern materials, they are also durable enough to last outside, year after year.
outside area and extend the life of your new patio furniture. Paired with seating for dining and a grill island, it’s the simplest way to achieve a functional outdoor space. She notes that even in summer months, a fire pit or Grill Island is one of the biggest trends out there. “It’s aesthetics,” she says. Even better is a fire element that incorporates an outdoor water feature. “If people are looking to accessorize an outdoor space, they typically are looking at fire or water features,” says Schimke. None of the aesthetics matter, however, if you don’t have a comfortable place to sit. It’s important to make furniture the most important investment in your outdoor space. To protect your investment, be sure to follow the instructions on seasonal care, including cleaning as needed, and storing inside a garage or basement during the winter months. Once you’ve tossed out the old furniture and purchased something new and exciting, the idea of bringing your vision of the perfect outdoor space to reality can be overwhelming. Allison recommends hiring a professional to help you pull the look together and perhaps even build any needed elements. In the end, new patio furniture will be worth the effort and the cost, as you enjoy relaxing on your patio all season long.
5. Summer garden parties are both elegant and easy with a gorgeous modern alumninum dining and casual living set.
by Kirsten E. Silven
A NEIGHBORHOOD SANCTUARY PAT KASPER’S SMALL BUT STUNNING GARDEN SPACE IS A FAVORITE GATHERING PLACE AMONG FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS IN HER ACTIVE LEXINGTON-AREA COMMUNITY. Photography: Walt Roycraft Although she enjoyed a fulfilling career as a working artist and commercial sculptor, Pat Kasper was excited to downsize after retiring five years ago and looked forward to creating a colorful garden space at her new home. Situated right across from the neighborhood park, the home came with little in the way of a garden, which was just fine with Pat. Soon after getting settled, she consulted with designer and Feng Shui expert Ann Bowe of Ann Bowe Designs to create a sketch for the exterior space in front, and then set about re-creating its curb appeal. Upon purchase, the driveway and sidewalk were laid in typical, uninteresting straight lines, which were re-worked to incorporate gentle curves. Then, a white picket fence was added to create a separate outdoor room of sorts, as well as a border for the new cottage garden.
“I am originally from New England,” stated Pat. “So the East Coast look and feel of the plan – and the home – was very appealing.” The soil of the front yard was mostly clay, so it had to be plowed up and peat moss tilled in to improve its quality prior to planting. A patio area was also incorporated behind the fence, which provides a seating area to make up for the fact that the home is without a front porch. Pat stained the 12-inch square stone blocks of the patio a variety of earthy colors to match the flagstones in the nearby walkway, bringing unity to the look and feel of the space. This area has become a favorite gathering place for friends and neighbors, who love to sit and visit, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the cheerful garden.
“It is very soothing out on the patio,” shared Pat. “I love to have my morning coffee there and watch the sun come up over the park.” All told, the entire lot is only about 50 by 100 feet, but with the help of Bowe, Pat has managed to create a variety of different ‘rooms,’ making it seem much larger. In addition to a variety of trees, shrubs and flowering plants, she also enjoys growing a variety of herbs and vegetables in both the front and rear garden areas. “I’ve always wanted to get into gardening in a big way, and now that I’m retired I finally have the time,” she shared. The backyard garden area is an explosion of color and texture, boasting an impressive pond and waterfall that is more than three feet deep and built right into the wooden deck. There is also a gently curving grassy walkway here, as well as a small garden shed and a variety of functional birdhouses that were crafted by Pat. “The deck is a favorite spot for friends to come and enjoy tea,” she shared. It also holds many different herbs and other plants that are part of her substantial container garden, which she brings inside each year to winter in the home’s sunroom. From here, two pet canaries lend their songs to the symphony of wild birds visiting outside, which come to enjoy the birdhouses, feeders and baths Pat has provided. The home’s rear garden is also nicely shaded and provides a perfect place to sit and enjoy the sometimes-balmy Kentucky weather, although it is a rare day when Pat isn’t called up out of her reverie at least once or twice, attending to this or that in the garden. Both the front patio and rear deck incorporate the tranquil sound of running water via small waterfalls, which lend yet another layer to the entire garden experience. The pond has benches along each side, beckoning visitors to sit and dip tired feet into its cool waters on warm summer days, while the depth provides protection for goldfish from raccoons and blue herons, which might otherwise drop in for a feast. Pat has decorated the nearby privacy fence with old metal trivets and plant boxes that are brimming with eye-catching greenery and herbs that help keep mosquitoes at bay. As with any well-designed garden space, this one is a labor of love that continues to evolve, and no two areas ever stay the same for long. “Every year I do different things,” shared Pat. “I keep adding more color, new herbs and vegetables; whatever suits my fancy!” Thanks to her creativity and adventurous spirit, this neighborhood garden is sure to continue drawing new admirers for many years to come.
1. Located in front of the home, the cottage garden offers up plenty of seating for entertaining guests on the stone patio and is home to a wide variety of colorful blooms, including clematis, several varieties of daylilies, purple coneflowers, hostas, impatiens, and pink Wax begonias, which bloom all summer.
2. Watched over by a mischievous ‘yard bird’ that is fashioned from pieces of scrap metal and tools, the deck is home to a variety of herbs, including dill, basil, thyme, marjoram and rosemary. 3. This whimsical sundial is nestled in a bed of purple coneflower and Shasta daisies in the home’s cottage garden, which frames the front patio.
5 4. A view from the deck looking across the backyard garden shows the creativity and careful planning of this small space. Ann Bowe Designs dreamed up the curved walkway, while homeowner and artist Pat Kasper crafted the functional birdhouses adorning the shed. Wax begonias, purple coneflower, Knockout roses and a variety of other plantings entertain the eye, while crabapple trees line the perimeter and containers overflowing with herbs capture sunlight along the edge of the deck.
5. Situated at the front corner of the home next to a favorite patio and seating area, this resin water feature provides the soothing sound of a trickling stream and is beautifully framed by impatiens, hostas, hydrangeas, heucheras and a red dogwood, which also provides shade.
6. Homeowner Pat Kasper wanted to incorporate a deck, pond and water feature despite having limited space to work with, so she built them together. The water feature is positioned in the center of the deck and is 3 ½ deep, complete with a bench along both sides to provide extra seating. It is home to a variety of colorful goldfish, as well as water lilies and parrotfeather. There are also floating pots in the water that hold hyacinths and Creeping Jenny, and the space is beautifully framed by hanging boxes and container pots that are home to a wide variety of herbs and colorful blooms.
7. This ornate hanging planter holds court next to the pond and is home to ivy, white begonias and purple dracena. 8. This wild cherry tree was trimmed to prevent it from hanging too close to the pond, leaving the trunk at just over five feet high to serve as a natural pedestal for a planter that contains bright red Angel Wing begonias and purple petunias.
by Kirsten E. Silven
DYNAMIC DECK DESIGN SQUARE DECKS ARE QUICKLY BECOMING A THING OF THE PAST, AS STRIKING CRAFTSMANSHIP TAKES CENTER STAGE TO CREATE ENERGETIC OUTDOOR SPACES THAT ARE BRIMMING WITH POSSIBILITY.
1 1. A truly spectacular outdoor living area, this space evolved over the course of seven years and features multiple levels. The pergola provides shade and structure, as well as seating, while the gas log fire pit is a safe way to enjoy the space all year long and is nicely positioned next to the water feature. American Deck & Sunroom designed and built the space, which also boasts copper lights in the railing, a snack bar covered in stone tile, and steps that do double duty by providing additional seating.
Today’s deck designs are full of artistry, incorporating a variety of different levels, materials and angles to create breathtaking vistas and functional outdoor areas that are perfect for entertaining by day or night. Homeowners no longer have to settle for a standard square deck, and the design possibilities are virtually endless, limited only by the imagination and the lot itself. It is important to begin by developing a concept that is based upon how the deck will function. For example, will there be several different conversation areas? A grill? Outdoor kitchen? Fire pit? Snack bar? Pergola? All of these things – and many more – are viable options, so jump into the planning phase by letting your imagination run wild. “We like to develop a grand plan regardless of the current needs,” shared Jim Topolski, owner of American Deck & Sunroom. “Doing this will create a design that can evolve over time; you don’t have to do everything at once.” It is also important to look closely at the surrounding landscape, as this can be used to great advantage when creating an inviting outdoor space. For example, consider staggering the perimeter of the deck to wrap around trees in a wooded lot, or leave a tree that would otherwise have to be cut down and opt to build the deck around it instead. Water also provides a very soothing element when relaxing outside, whether it comes in the form of a natural stream or a manmade pond. Lighting is perhaps one of the most important features of any deck, as it will extend the use of the space beyond the daytime hours and will help to create a safe, beautiful environment for entertaining after dark. It is necessary to avoid creating glare, while still providing plenty of light for visibility purposes, which can be tricky.
2. The rounded edges of the surface and stairs give this deck a unique look and feel, while the contrasting color of the railing helps to define each space and provides a clear perimeter. The copper half moon lighting, by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, shines down softly on the transition areas without creating a glare, adding to the elegant design.
3. Featuring both open and covered areas, this deck boasts steps that are 18 inches wide and wraps gracefully around a tree that was left standing, adding to the customized look and feel of the space. It descends in layers, following the grade of the land, and the lighting is cleverly positioned throughout the railing. Designed and built by American Deck & Sunroom. 4. Cascading down the hillside as though part of the landscape itself, this stairway is nicely illuminated by compact lights that are cleverly positioned by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives along the railing, blending nicely with the uplighting on the trees. 5. Like a scene from a fairytale, the lighting highlights the craftsmanship on this stunning deck while also providing plenty of illumination at night. There are several different areas that are nicely connected, making it the perfect setting for entertaining. Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives.
“Many decks today feature cascading steps that can be dangerous at night if not properly illuminated,” shared Brook Tafel of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. “We place fixtures strategically throughout the railing to create a soft, elegant look that is also highly functional.” Choosing to incorporate lighting that has a nice wide illumination pattern reduces the number of fixtures required and can be visually appealing. Good deck lighting will also be carefully concealed, with no visible wires to take away from the craftsmanship of the structure itself. Since most of us also enjoy grilling out on the deck from time to time, it’s important to note that there are special lights designed to help with this task. They are strategically mounted in order to shine directly onto the cooking surface, and come with their very own on/off switch. In addition, the grilling area should be situated close to the kitchen, which makes it easier to transport food back and forth. “We like to create a conversation area around the grill by positioning it away from the house so it overlooks another space instead of the wall” shared Ken Owen of Nature’s Expressions. When it comes to choosing materials, there are a number of composite options available today that can inhibit mold growth and resist fading, lasting 25 years or more without the need for repairs. With that being said, there is something about the beauty of real wood that composite decks have a tough time competing with. The key lies in knowing when to incorporate these new materials and when to stick with natural wood. For example, if the floor of the deck will be exposed to direct sunlight all day with no shade, composite beams could be the best choice, as they are generally able to withstand exposure better than real wood. On the other hand, wood holds up well in most conditions and can be rejuvenated – which is a fancy way of saying sanded and stained – every ten years or so to make it look like new. Another smart materials option involves the use of aluminum spindles in the railing, which are available in a variety of colors. These require virtually no maintenance and make the task of rejuvenating wooden surfaces much easier, as wooden spindles take a large amount of time and energy to refinish. A popular trend being seen today involves the use of a dry space system, which allows you to get the most out of the area beneath the deck during rainy weather. It is essentially a system of strategically placed gutters that capture rain as it falls through the slats of the deck floor, channeling the water into a drain and keeping the patio below – and you – dry. Regardless of your needs or the amount of space that exists to work with, take the necessary time to understand all of the options before settling on a deck design. After all, the more beautiful and functional the deck, the more likely it is that you will want to spend time outside enjoying all that it has to offer.
6. This shaded hideaway provides the perfect way to enjoy the forest, which comes right up to the back of the home. Here, American Deck & Sunroom created a unique design that seems to merge seamlessly with the landscape beyond, incorporating a variety of different angles and a sunburst pattern into the railing. 7. This covered deck provides the perfect outdoor space for relaxing and watching television, or just enjoying a quiet evening in front of the fire. The fans help keep insects at bay and provide a cool breeze on warm days, while the architecture of the space was specially created to blend beautifully with the home itself. Designed and built by American Deck & Sunroom. 8. Featuring scissor steps, also known as switch back steps, and aluminum spindles in the railing, this deck has a sunny upper level and a shaded lower patio that is accented by colorful landscaping. The lower level also protrudes out further than the upper portion, which brings parties together and encourages guests to move back and forth between the two areas. Designed and built by American Deck & Sunroom.
9 & 10 Created by Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Expressions to replace a previous deck that was of a more basic square construction, this design includes a variety of different levels and takes advantage of the lotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elevation. There is a shade garden planted below, and the larger, bleacher-sized steps look out over the other spaces and also provide additional seating.
by Kathie Stamps
1. With careful precision, White adds the last incalmo cup to “Patchwork Nobel,” a three-cup piece involving a paperweight pickup in the middle section. 2. Titled “Patches,” this vessel is 19” x 12” with solid glass paperweights around the sides.
RUN GLASS STUDIO AND GALLERY Photography: Tiffany Ackerman
Brook Forrest White, Jr. is a glass artist, a hot shop manager and gallery owner. The Owensboro native is comfortable wearing multiple hats; he’s done it most of his life. As a teenager, White’s artistic outlet was playing the drums. He went to Centre College to play soccer and received a degree in government. “I didn’t know they happened to have a world-famous glass artist as a professor there,” he said of Centre’s Stephen Powell. White signed up for a glass-blowing course and was the only non-art major that semester. He wound up becoming Powell’s assistant and worked closely with him for years.
3. Incalmo is a centuries-old Italian technique, an advanced glassblowing skill of joining separate blown-glass pieces together. Titled “Throb,” this 27-inch tall vessel involved four pieces, along with another complicated process known as reverse axis. 4. Sitting still, there’s a slight tilt to the aptly named “Tootsie Roll Pop,” a 23-inch high incalmo piece.
3 In the early 1990s White was accepted into UK’s law school but asked for a deferment to learn more about glass art in Tennessee, Kentucky and Europe. His stint as a law student lasted six weeks. When a friend’s dad asked White what it would take to start a glass studio, those economics and government classes paid off. White came up with a business plan, secured investors, found a building in Danville, and in 1995 GlassBrook studio was born. Six years later, White was running a “hot shop” out of Glassworks in Louisville. By 2004 White opened Flame Run in the Glassworks building. Flame Run has a full-scale gallery, representing local and international artists; a retail component, offering pieces as small as Christmas ornaments; and commissioned work for huge installations of glass with metal substructures, up to 26 feet tall. Studio tours and private lessons are also available at Flame Run. “I feel very strongly about the educational aspect,” White said. “I never saw this until I was in college. I remember that initial feeling of making something out of 2,000 degrees: it’s moving, it’s viscous, it has a life of its own.” He is eager to share his love of glass blowing with individuals, families and school groups, even children as young as five. “We do the hard part,” White said. “We keep them away from the heat.” Kids love the blowing part, of course. “It’s like blowing up a balloon with a straw.” Glass ‘blowing’ is not the whole story. Yes, blowing is essential to create a void in the vessel, “but you’re shaping, turning and manipulating a lot more than you actually blow it,” White explained.
4. The artist designed a set of sculptures for the rotunda at Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, IN. The large-scale mobiles involve both glass and steel. 5. The deceptively simple design of “Tango Jib” is a three-cup reverse axis incalmo vessel, measuring 12” high and slightly less than a foot wide. 6. “Buoy” is a four-cup reverse axis incalmo with a height of 13” and a width of 14”. 7. Colorful and playful, “Rainbow Dorsal” is an asymmetrical piece standing 15” high. 8. An exquisite example of an incalmo vessel, “Mermaid” stands 23” tall. The process started with four initial “cups” of blown glass, fashioned into one piece.
9. Called “Cocoon,” this intricately designed vessel measures 18” x 13” x 5” and is a four-cup reverse axis glass incalmo.
7 All blown glass has a hollow interior, or void. Solid sculptures are made with the same hot glass, equipment and furnace, minus the blowpipe step. Raw glass, in powdered form, is heated to 2,000 degrees in a furnace to become molten (liquefied) glass. After manipulating the glass into a desired shape, the piece is cooled in an oven at 800 to 900 degrees during an overnight process called annealing. With loud music in the studio, furnaces roaring, and a team of glass artists welding and working, White’s business is rocking ‘n rolling. After eight years in the East Market location, Flame Run has a new home as of this spring, on West Market Street in Louisville.
See more of Brook F. White Jr’s glass art online at www.FlameRun.com.
1 1. Arranging the living room on an angle was an unusual choice but it adds flair to the space. A lowprofile couch keeps the view prominent and the pillows and chairs add color. The arrangement helps accent the window seats.
MOCKINGBIRD VALLEY TERRACE TAKES ADVANCE OF A SPECTACULAR HILL NEAR THE OHIO RIVER TO SHOWCASE THE BEST OF CITY LIVING. By: Robyn Davis Sekula Photography: Walt Roycraft
2. Dashes of black in picture frames, a runner and the half-moon table unite the items in this small entryway. The entryway is distinctive but doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take up much room, and does a nice job of leading visitors into the main space.
3. The Potters use one bedroom as a media room, and have included a computer work station and a television in the room. The painting, with its deep colors and variations, becomes the focal point against the backdrop of natural colors and textures.
HOUSE CREDITS ARCHITECT:
SOME INTERIOR ITEMS:
Henry Potter Henry Potter
Bruce Laminate Flooring Sherwin-Williams; Ralph Lauren Suede
Z Gallerie, Eyedia
Making Ends Meet, Shelbyville
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3 Nearly 25 years ago, Henry Potter spotted an interesting piece of land in the Mockingbird Valley area of Louisville. He was intrigued by the scale of the three acre plot – all hill but with a majestic view of the Ohio River, downtown Louisville and points beyond. He purchased the land with the thought that when the time was right, he’d do something with it. As developments took shape around Mockingbird Valley, and real estate experienced its ebb and flow, Potter watched, and listened, and decided in 2008 that the time was right for upscale condominiums that were close to downtown Louisville. His judgment was just slightly off, he says, laughing, as the real estate market famously slowed right about the time he started building. However, interest in the project has been fairly strong, as he apparently touched a nerve. “There is a nice demographic in this area of people ready to downsize,” Mr. Potter says. “People generally try to stay within a three-mile radius. In Louisville, that covers a lot of territory.” Many want to be near their family and friends, so they want to stay in the Louisville area, but they don’t want a large house or yard to maintain. Condominiums with exquisite views of the Ohio River and an open layout are the solution. Mr. Potter, head of the architecture firm Potter & Associates PLLC, developed the property under the name Mockingbird Terrace, a nod to its hilly location. Phase One is complete, with 25 units in one building. As of the beginning of April, 30 percent of the space
is under contract, and he’s had a steady flow of browsers. Mr. Potter himself owns one of the units on the building’s fifth floor. His unit is 1,850 square feet with three bedrooms, although one is used as a den, and two bathrooms. Underground parking is one of the luxurious touches that make it even more appealing. Although he loves to talk about the building itself and its many luxurious touches, he truly comes alive when he discusses personally choosing the fabrics, furniture, accents and other decorative items throughout his own condo. Some of his choices were absolutely inspired, including placing the flooring on the diagonal so it points the eye directly to the gorgeous views of the Ohio River and beyond directly outside. That stealthy trick leads virtually everyone who enters the condo to settle down in the inviting window seat placed in the opposite corner from the front door. “We just wanted to keep it open and airy, and very clean and uncluttered,” Mr. Potter says of his condominium. “People do not like clutter, and neither do I. A big trend right now is to simplify, and it suits me.” He eschewed window treatments to leave the view unobstructed, and chose natural materials, including stone, wood and granite for finishes to keep the condo in harmony with the world outside. Fabrics are soft cottons in earth tones, with small punches of color placed throughout to keep the eye active and entertained. Sources for the items of décor vary greatly. He enjoys mixing in unusual, second-hand pieces with a modern cut with more traditional furniture. In fact, a few of the pieces of furniture he made himself.
4. Granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances bring kitchen space into the modern day. Rich wood cabinetry in a darker finish keeps it from straying too far from a classic look. The hardware on the cabinetry marries the steel with the traditional cabinets.
4 In the master bedroom and accompanying bathroom, you’ll see one of his favorite colors: a pale gray green shade that plays tricks on the eyes as the light moves through the room. It’s hard to pin down exactly what color it is, but it pairs well with the neutrals throughout. The room is more restful, appropriately, than any other room in the home and the adjoining bathroom includes a deep tub perfect for soaking that is floated out in the center of the floor. “It gives it more elegance,” he says. A small den provides that allimportant spot for the television without it robbing the home of too much space. A guest room is next to it, also clad in pale colors for a restful night. What Mr. Potter seems to love most in Mockingbird Terrace are the energy efficient fixtures and techniques applied throughout the building. He chose fluorescent lighting, which he says takes a little longer to warm up after the switch is flipped, but lights the space nicely. Low-flow water fixtures and toilets are another energy-efficient touch.
5 5. A glass table provides plenty of seating for a dinner party but doesn’t add weight to the room or obstruct the view, which is center stage in this home. The neutral rug helps distinguish it from the surrounding sitting areas and kitchen.
6. The master bedroom is one of the most restful spaces in the condominium. Mr. Potter relied on neutrals for the majority of the items in the room, and used a gray-green color that is a personal favorite for the walls.
7 7. The gray-green color on the walls of the master bathroom is one of Mr. Potter’s favorites. It’s a custom mix created for a home he owns in New Orleans. The faux finish adds dimension to the walls.
He also insulated the building more than most would to help it retain heat in the winter and coolness in the summer. All of the items on this list are points he’s making in the LEED certification he hopes to obtain for the building. Another concern for the building was creating sound-proofing between condominiums to ensure that no one hears noise from a neighbor. To accomplish this not only are the walls insulated, but also the extra-large cavity between one condo’s ceiling and the floor above. It handles that all-important concern of would-be condo residents, and helps them instead focus on the beauty of the building and the spaces inside. “What we wanted to create was a home that maximized the views we offered and had a sleek and streamlined feel throughout,” Mr. Potter says. “The building itself has a lodge-type feeling, and we wanted our condominium to be an extension of that. We’ve created a place that we love, and we hope that others will, too.”
1. This delightful home is a remarkable modern adaptation of the popular Shingle style of American architecture, which was developed along the East Coast during the late 1800s. Situated on a gorgeous lot overlooking the Ohio River outside of Louisville, the exterior is crafted from eastern White Cedar shakes, while local stonemason Spring Puckett installed the limestone skirt.
RIVERVIEW HIDEAWAY DESIGNED TO ACCENTUATE THE LOT’S STUNNING VISTAS OF THE OHIO RIVER, THIS LOUISVILLE-AREA HOME IS REMINISCENT OF A NEW ENGLAND SEASIDE ESTATE. By: Kirsten E. Silven Photography: Walt Roycraft
2. The oversized, granite-topped center island and exotic, Santos Mahogany floor take center stage in the kitchen, which serves as a hub when the family is entertaining. Esposito Construction reinforced the floor under the island to provide extra support, while Mike’s Woodworking designed and installed the custom cabinetry. 3. Traditional décor in the home’s formal dining room works nicely with the wainscoting trim and ceiling medallion, while the bright coral color on the walls is nicely accented by the area rug from Frances Lee Jasper Oriental Rugs. 4. The home’s entryway is a study in understated elegance, beckoning visitors to come inside and discover the interior rooms that are cleverly hidden beyond. The tumbled travertine floor leads the eye through the space, which opens onto the home’s office and library on the left and dining room on the right. The ceiling is painted
a light blue, while the Santos Mahogany hardwood floor in the hallway below the stair provides rich contrast. 5. Featuring a bay window that stretches the entire length of the room, this space is all about the view, which looks out over the swimming pool to the Ohio River beyond. There are no window dressings here by choice to make the most of the lot’s natural beauty, while the covered porch provides plenty of shade and a protected outdoor area just beyond the French doors. The coffered ceiling lends a sense of mass to the space and is a typical feature found in the Shingle style of American architecture, which heavily influenced this home’s design.
When the homeowners contacted architect Timothy R. Winters to come up with a design for their new home, it was immediately clear that it was going to be all about the fabulous lot. Winters worked with them to develop the plans, which became a strong modern adaptation of the Shingle style of American architecture, providing a distinct Hamptons or Nantucket Island look and feel. “The Shingle style of architecture evolved at the end of the Victorian period, and as such incorporates the strong verticality of that style with the more horizontal styles that developed later,” shared Winters. This can be seen in the horizontal bands of white trim that adorn the home’s exterior, and also in the vertical lines of the tower. In addition, the inclusion of oval windows on the façade and Lunette windows in the roof are typical of the Shingle style, as is the second story balcony that can be seen on the exterior, just to the left of and above the garage. The White Cedar shakes on the home’s exterior were selected for their untreated appearance, which provides a naturally weathered look, but they were actually finished prior to installation with a bleaching stain that prevents mold growth. Upon entering the home, visitors will discover a procession of subtle events that lead to the major event, which is found in the breathtaking river view from the family room. Access to this stunning180° vista is beautifully layered by positioning several secluded rooms between the family room and the entryway, and it is also intentionally blocked by the home’s main stairway. Just enough light to create a sense of mystery makes its way forward into the foyer around the stair, which rises up from the richly hued Santos Mahogany hardwood floor. Another feature of Shingle style architecture that was incorporated into this home’s design involves placing the more formal rooms along the front, such as the office and dining room, while the rear of the home is reserved for the spaces that are used in the activities of daily life, such as the family room and bedrooms. The rooms situated in the
6. The bright purple of this bedroom was selected by the homeowner’s teenage daughter and brings a fun, vibrant feel to the space. The round porthole window allows light to enter the space from the side wall and speaks of a seaside metaphor that can be found throughout the home’s design, providing a unique frame for the exceptional river view. 7. The galley-style master bathroom features a deep soaking tub, double vanities and plenty of storage space, including two separate closets. The flooring tiles are laid on the diagonal, which welcomes you into the space and draws the eye toward the exceptional outdoor views.
8. As the dominant feature in the home’s master bedroom, the large bay windows act as an exuberant force, bringing you outside the rear walls of the home and into the landscape beyond. They also provide a much broader view than traditional windows, and help to capture the cross breeze on warm summer days. The custom window treatments work
to soften their rectangular shape while preserving the view. 9. With stunning views of the Ohio River and a richly stained beaded pine ceiling, the screened-in porch is one of the homeowner’s favorite spaces, providing both privacy and access to the outdoors. Installed by Jim Nelson, the bluestone flooring works nicely with the bright blue cushions of the patio furniture, tying in themes of sky and water, while a television and grill (not pictured) make this a multi-functional outdoor living area. 10. The homeowner often works from this office space, which doubles as a library and overlooks the spacious front lawn. Mike’s Woodworking installed the custom shelving and decorative wood paneling, while Frances Lee Jasper Oriental Rugs provided the area rug.
9 rear of the home also incorporate the use of large bay windows, which provides a much broader view of the water, since they extend beyond the exterior wall. Interior designer Julie Ensor of Blue J. Designs worked closely with the homeowner to ensure that the nautical theme was also subtly incorporated into the home’s décor. The result is a timeless design that is both simple and elegant. “We worked to play up the views and the water, keeping the interiors relatively quiet so they would not interfere with these elements,” shared Ensor. To accomplish this, she used a variety of soft neutrals and dynamic blues, which were delicately interspersed with pops of bright coral. Ensor, Winters and Esposito also worked to create a practical home that would be comfortable enough for daily living, but that could also easily double as a fun place to entertain. Perhaps this can best be seen in the family room, which looks out over the swimming pool to the river beyond. Here, a portrait of the homeowner’s children rests over the mantle, and muntin
bars in the windows are only found in the top sash, which leaves a full picture view when seated in the room and allows a deeper connection to the landscape. By contrast, the coffered ceiling provides a sense of mass and protection from the wildness of the water, while structural posts separate the stacked windows, providing a stronger vertical image and a clear point of separation between the home’s interior and exterior spaces. There is no doubt that this magnificent natural setting was made even more beautiful by the home that was designed especially for it, creating a place where the homeowners can feel anchored to the landscape and enjoy everything that life on the water has to offer.
HOUSE CREDITS ARCHITECT:
Timothy R. Winters Esposito Construction
Blue J. Designs
Frances Lee Jasper Oriental Rugs
B&B Lamps and Shades; Brecher’s Lighting
Nature’s Beautiful Magic; Spring Puckett
11. With lively, floralprint fabrics and a buttery, neutral color on the walls, the guest bedroom ensures that visitors will have a memorable stay. The vertical and horizontal decorative molding mounted on the walls provides a distinct Victorian look and feel, which also helps to organize the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vertical and horizontal proportions.
KENTUCKY PRAIRIE WITH A RESPECT FOR ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS, MASONRY CRAFTSMANSHIP AND AESTHETIC DESIGN, THIS WOODFORD COUNTY HOME WAS A DECADE IN THE PLANNING. By: Kathie Stamp Photography: Walt Roycraft
1. The exterior boasts a distinctly European air and was repainted as part of the recent renovation, which also included new windows for the entire home, an updated roof and a substantial arched front door.
3 Frank Lloyd Wright is often called the Father of Prairie Style architecture, based on his residential designs in the early 1900s of houses with horizontal roof lines and long overhangs. A Woodford County couple found themselves so captivated by the Prairie Style they decided to use many of the elements in their own home, which they built themselves. Huge stone and brick, a ribbon of clerestory windows and lots of built-in furniture are some of the architectural features found in Prairie designs. In 1994 the homeowners purchased the property: 120 acres surrounded by a bend in the Kentucky River. They built a garage apartment and lived there while they spent 10 years planning every detail of the custom house that would eventually be about five times larger than the square footage of the apartment. In December 2004 they broke ground on the big house and finished it in 2010. “We had enough time to think about things,” the homeowner said. She and her husband had a decade to compile a list of wants and needs, and work out many details of a house plan that would be in harmony with the elements of nature out in the country. The layout of the home has smaller and more intimate spaces—the formal rooms—leading to larger and airier spaces, where the design is decidedly contemporary. In the library the dropped ceilings, coupled with a wood latticing effect on the windows, make the room feel as cozy as possible. The back of the house is lined with clerestory windows that overlook the river and help bring nature into the space. The footprint of the house plan was constantly changing, even during the design process, but there was no need to hurry anything along, so the homeowners were able to have many discussions with
the architect and other craftspeople to say, “What about this?” and “Let’s try that” before committing to construction. An early drawing, for example, didn’t include exterior access from the kitchen. “I thought that would be a nice thing to do,” the homeowner said, “to be able to walk out of the kitchen.” The next thing she knew, the kitchen plan called for a set of French doors. The homeowners love to entertain. The granite island in the kitchen serves double-duty for an intimate place for family breakfasts and a commercial space for caterers to work their magic for large parties, up to 75 or 100 people. There are three work triangles in the kitchen, each of which has a sink. When extended family members visit, everyone can be in the kitchen cooking at the same time. Two Sub-Zero refrigerators are “hidden” within the cabinetry. Multipurpose cabinetry isn’t restricted to the kitchen. On the top floor of the house, along the solid guardrail of the white oak staircase, the homeowners had custom built-in cabinets installed in matching white oak. This area is a convenient place to store extra bedding. It also houses a refreshment center so overnight guests can grab a drink or a snack from the built-in refrigerator and freezer. Hardwood flooring throughout the home is white oak. A long hallway runs through the center of every floor, each lined with a Stickley rug. Is it a two-story house or a three-story? It depends on the view, front or rear. The house was dug into the earth (it took six months to hammer out the limestone), so the basement is visible from the back, giving the appearance of three stories. The front looks like a two-story house. The master suite and three other bedrooms are on the top floor. www.kentuckyhomesandgardens.com
4 2. Pocket doors on either side of the foyer are actually barn doors on pulleys. With one set open and one closed, traffic can be directed to different parts of the house. 3. The kitchen has lower walls than the rest of house. The flooring is a black limestone that was both hammered (large gray
pieces) and honed (black stripes). No hanging pendant lights over this granite island; instead, the lighting is composed of three large wooden globes made of cherry, surrounded by track lighting. 4. The luxurious master bath, complete with a sitting area covered in several waterproof
materials, features one-inch glass tiles on the left-hand side of the Jacuzzi tub mixed with beautiful pieces of shiny gray tile. 5. In the contemporary family room, one of the seating arrangements has Poltrona Frau cowhide chairs. The fireplace design was handcrafted from
Kentucky River marble. To the right of the fireplace is a horizontal cast paper sculpture, one of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15 pieces of original art by the late John Tuska, who was a professor of art at the University of Kentucky.
THE HOMEOWNERS ARE FAR FROM FINISHED WITH THIS PROJECT AS THEY PLAN TO INCORPORATE MORE ARTISTIC WORKS INTO THE INTERIOR DESIGN AND LANDSCAPING FOR YEARS TO COME. “Of the many fireplaces in the house my favorite has to be the one in the master bedroom,” the homeowner said, “because it expresses the entire aesthetic of the house.” He explained that the horizontality of the brick coursing in both the fireplace and the house is grounded and solid, while the mantel is “uplifting and recalls the soaring nature of the overhanging eaves.” For his wife, the home’s overhanging eaves have a special feel out on the hill. “They soar,” she said. “They look even bigger than they are because there is no land behind them, just sky.” The homeowners are far from finished with this project as they plan to incorporate more artistic works into the interior design and landscaping for years to come. She adds, “This has been and will remain a work in progress because it is built on shared vision – not only our own vision but that of so many whose subtle sensibilities for quality craftsmanship and unique design continue to influence our daily living.”
6. One of the seven custom fireplaces in the house is in the formal living room and features a brick design called a jack arch.
7. Clerestory windows and builtin bookshelves line the walls of the library. Because the homeowners paid attention to form and function in every aspect of this house, they even had Stickley Furniture build a library table and chairs an inch taller than most furniture, to accommodate their height comfortably.
8. Off the kitchen, the solarium is one of the family’s favorite places to congregate. The same Ann Sacks Black Galaxy limestone tile from the kitchen was used in the sun room, but laid out in a herringbone pattern. Above the hand stitched leather bench is a painting titled “Contrails” by Kentucky artist Guinevere Smith. On either side of the French doors are stained glass sconces by Lexington artisan Dan Barnes.
9. The breakfast room is located in the back of the house, where contemporary design and décor are the name of the game. The mauve leather complements the cherry wood beautifully in the furniture designed by Antonio Citterio through B&B Italia Maxalto.
10. The dining room is a “softer” area of the house. The round table, crafted from cherry wood by Stickley, and the two arched windows provide a nice contrast to all of the right angles throughout the rest of the house. Stickley also made the custom rug, using the homeowners’ choice of colors.
11. What a treat for the senses! The bronze sink in this guest bath is set into a reclaimed slab of raw walnut from the property. The same tile for the floor was used for the back wall, but in a different cut. On another wall, the homeowner and her mother painted a mural of Kentucky wildflowers. “My mother wrote the names of the flowers underneath each one in her beautiful penmanship,” the homeowner said.
HOUSE CREDITS ARCHITECT
Mike Huston, Hustondesign.net
KITCHEN CABINETRY & CUSTOM WOODWORK
Leininger Cabinet & Woodworking
TILE AND KITCHEN FLOORING
Kolbe & Kolbe
By: Christina Noll
THE KENTUCKY VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL AMAZING DESIGN OFFERS TRIBUTE TO FALLEN SOLDIERS FOR ETERNITY, AND INSPIRES VISITORS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. To read about the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located in Frankfort, Kentucky, is simply not enough to absorb all that this incredible memorial encompasses. Overlooking the state Capitol, the blue-gray granite plaza honors the 125,000 Kentuckians who served during Vietnam, and memorializes the 1103 who gave their lives. But it’s the unique design of the plaza that makes this place something beyond special and has visitors returning over and over again. “This isn’t a drive by memorial,” explains Jerry Cecil, Vietnam veteran and board member with the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation. “This is a reflection memorial. This one makes you think.”
To learn more about the Memorial, sundials, the architect, Helm Roberts, and the Foundation, visit www.kyvietnammemorial.net or www.helmr.com.
Photography Provided By: Gene Burch
“WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT IT WAS GOING TO LOOK LIKE, WE JUST KNEW IT NEEDED TO HAPPEN”
Designed by Helm Roberts, a Lexington architect and veteran, the memorial was created in the form of a large sundial, with a stainless steel gnomon (pronounced “nomen”) casting its shadow upon a granite plaza. The names of the 1,103 Kentuckians who died in Vietnam are engraved on the plaza and placed so that the tip of the shadow touches each name on the anniversary of that soldier’s death, thus giving each fallen veteran a personal Memorial Day. “It’s pretty powerful, “ says Cecil, “And not only that, but it doesn’t have any batteries, so it will memorialize them forever, as long as we have sun.” The idea for the plaza began when a group of Kentucky veterans got together and decided there needed to be some sort of memorial. “We didn’t know what it was going to look like, we just knew it needed to happen,” explains Cecil. By the time the group met with Roberts, they had seen several designs, most of them the typical heroic statues. “Helm came in with this very special design, that he had been holding onto for just the right place and time. He had this dream of the sundial and how to link it to something more meaningful, and we were very fortunate that he found us,” says Cecil. The genius of Roberts’ design is in the precision put into determining the location of each name, which is fixed mathematically by the date of casualty, the geographic location of the memorial, the height of the gnomon and the physics of solar movement. The 327 cut stones were then designed and cut to avoid dividing any individual name. “None of them have the same dimensions or markings,” says Cecil. “None of them could be put in another place. Although it’s radial, none can be changed because it would throw off the markings and the shadows and each one has been calculated and figured for this latitude.” Names of the fallen soldiers, along with their date of death, can be found in the registry located below the plaza. The Memorial was officially dedicated in 1988 and is open to visitors every day of the year. Before his passing in 2011, Helm often welcomed visitors at the memorial in person, answering questions about the design and visiting with the many school children, civic groups, tour groups and even dignitaries who visit the memorial year
round. His design for the memorial has received numerous awards and has been written about in national and international periodicals. And it’s little wonder, because visiting the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial in person is an unforgettable experience. The mathematical genius of the plaza is enough to capture visitors’ imaginations for a long time, and the surrounding area offers a peaceful and tranquil space to memorialize the fallen heroes. A stone bench engraved at one end with 1962, the beginning of U.S. soldiers’ involvement in Vietnam, and with 1975 at the other end, signifying the end our involvement in the conflict surrounds the radial patterned granite plaza. “So when you stand in the plaza, you are in the circle,” says Cecil. The wall offers plenty of room for sitting, resting, and enjoying, which plenty of people do. It also means that during ceremonies, there are plenty of places for people to sit. An area at the top of the plaza, north of the winter solstice line, and beyond any names on the plaza, holds two flagpoles, and space for the honor guard to stand during ceremonies between the flags. “We agreed from the very beginning that only two flags would fly up there: the flags that these people knew when they served our nation, which is the state flag and the national flag,” explains Cecil. The Foundation has since added the POW flag, in memory of the POWS and MIAs from all wars and conflicts. The names of the men from Kentucky who are listed as MIA from Vietnam are engraved in a special place at the head of the plaza. The shadow of the gnomon will never fall on their name until they are accounted for, at which point their names are put on the correct stone in the plaza once they are confirmed. Another special feature of the memorial is a particular spot on the plaza where the shadow hits on Veteran’s Day—the 11th day, 11th month, at the 11th hour. Visitors often stay longer than intended, because there is so much to take in, and end up coming back over and over to see the shadow fall in different locations on the memorial. “It’s not a drive-by memorial,” says Cecil. “You could come up here and walk this in a hundred different ways and see a hundred different things.”
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