From a young age, Gideon Shryock had aspirations of being an architect. Born in 1802 to the owner of a prosperous construction firm in Lexington, Shryock began studying under a master architect when he was just barely in his twenties.
Under the tutelage of Philadelphia’s William Strickland, Shryock realized his love of Greek Revival architecture, which he brought back to Kentucky from Pennsylvania. He would go on to become the state’s first native-born architect.
Though only eight of Shryock’s buildings remain standing today, including Frankfort’s Old State Capitol building and Louisville Metro Hall, his architectural legacy endures.
– Jacqueline Gualtieri, The Kentucky 100