When we heard that the Louisville Free Public Library recently posted all Courier Journal newspaper articles from 1830 to 1922 online, we realized it was the perfect opportunity to find out more about our firm's history.
So here's a bit of what we found:
1. The very first (known) advertisement, announcing Rogers, Whitestone, & Co., Architects. The founders of Luckett & Farley.
2. Henry Whitestone was the president of Louisville Gas Company and helped to settle a lawsuit brought by the City against the gas company for overcharging for gas lamp fuel. The City expected the gas for free in exchange for a loan that was extended to them.
3. Dennis (D.X.) Murphy nearly died in a horse and buggy accident, after it flipped at 5th and Market.
4. A photo of J.C. Murphy (Dennis' brother, a eventual president of the firm).
5. D.X. Murphy traveled to Mexico to work on a new horse racing track in Juarez, likely in connection with the work at Churchill Downs.
6. Perspective view of Louisville's "million-dollar" City Hospital
160 years after our firms founding, we continue to discover the background behind what got us here.