The Kaden Tower is a 15-story office building in suburban Louisville, Kentucky. The building opened in 1966 as the headquarters for Lincoln Income Life Insurance Company. The buildings’ designs are often attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright, but they were actually designed by Wright’s protegé and son-in-law William Wesley Peters. Olgivanna Lloyd Wright, his widow, is also cited as an influence……
Peters became the head of Wright’s architectural firm Taliesin Associates after Wright’s death in 1959. Though Peters had his own style, he collaborated with Wright for more than twenty years. He based the design of the Louisville complex largely on three of Wright’s projects, only one of which was actually built. The Kaden Tower has an open interior space, free of columns, by suspending the floors from a central core. It sits on large, landscaped sites, adjacent to similarly-styled smaller buildings, are decorated in pastel earth tones, and have somewhat obscured windows. The Kaden Tower, when occupied at night, is reminiscent of a Japanese Lantern with inside lighting illuminating the grillwork with a soft, yellow glow. During the month of December in the 1970s and early 1980s, transparent color gels were placed on the inside of the windows to form large seasonal symbols when the office lights were left on. Other notable features of the building are several Wright-inspired stained glass windows and a glass elevator system on the building’s exterior, surrounded by a low dome that houses the building’s air conditioning systems and accented with a reflecting pool and fountain.
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