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The Kaden Tower is a 15-story office building at 6100 Dutchmans Lane in Louisville, Kentucky, which was opened in 1966.  The building’s design is often attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright, but was actually designed by Wright’s protegé and son-in-law William Wesley Peters.

It’s said that when illuminated at night, the building is reminiscent of a Japanese lantern. During 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.

While some people have admired the tower’s innovative design and applauded its unique façades, others have referred to it as “an embarrassing architectural blunder,” and compared it to a gigantic Kleenex box.

When I was a little kid, I thought this building was the most beautiful place I had ever seen– it seemed like a great big wedding cake.  Later, I thought it was just an ugly architectural embarrassment.  After looking more carefully today, I think it’s kind of charming in it’s gaudy, beachy, mid-century moderness.  

More about the Kaden Tower’s history can be found here.

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2 Responses to “kaden tower”


  1. July 12, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I have a renewed appreciation. Thanks. Wasn’t initially fond of. Didn’t seem to me to be a logical extension of the FLW school. Perhaps I was wrong. Never took the time to really look so thanks for allowing that.


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