The Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts Specialty Tour at Assets 2019
Thursday, January 31, 2019 in Conference
by Lisa Duke, ISA AM, AF+DA Committee Chair
This year, at ISA's annual conference, Assets, in Louisville, Kentucky, ISA offers a wonderful way to experience the city. Register for the Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts Specialty Tour which includes guided tours of two historic homes, exploring the Speed Art Museum, and dining at Buck's, one of Louisville’s best known restaurants.
The tour begins at the Speed Art Museum. The museum’s curator of decorative arts, Scott Erbes, will share his insights about Kentucky furniture and decorative arts from the Noe Collection in its newly designed 5,600 square foot gallery. He will also guide members through the curated exhibit of period tall clocks. There will be time to explore other museum exhibits which include European and American art, contemporary art, Native American and African galleries, and art of ancient cultures.
After leaving the Speed Art Museum, we will have lunch in Old Louisville at Buck’s Restaurant in the historic Mayfield Building. We will relax and chat while listening to the live piano music in the background.
The Farmington Historic Plantation
After lunch, we will travel a short distance outside of Louisville to visit Farmington Historic Plantation where Abraham Lincoln was a family friend and frequent guest. This plantation was built for John and Lucy Speed in 1816. The fourteen room, Federal-style house has some Jeffersonian architectural features and lovely interiors with classical period antiques. Farmington Historic Plantation continues to farm its original crops and maintain its beautiful gardens.
The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum
The last guided tour will be at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum where we will tour the intriguing Victorian home thought to be one of the finest examples of Richardsonian-Romanesque architecture. The museum has a massive collection of period items and we will witness accoutrements of the grand lifestyle of the day, including the use of such luxuries as electric lights. The Conrad-Caldwell House is set in a beautiful neighborhood with the distinction of having the largest collection of Victorian homes in the United States.
Following this tour, you will have the option of taking the transportation back to the Brown Hotel or walking the few blocks back to the hotel. Walking allows you to see firsthand why this neighborhood is thought to have some of the most beautiful Victorian houses and gardens in America.