LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Architect Jean D. “J.D.” Farley died last week. Farley was the former owner of Louisville-based architecture firm Luckett & Farley, which still bears his name today.
Farley began working at what is now Luckett & Farley, then named D.X. Murphy & Brothers, in 1947. He became vice president and part owner of the firm in 1956 with the late T.D. Luckett. In 1970, the firm was renamed Luckett & Farley. Farley became president and sole owner of the firm in 1974 when Luckett retired and continued there until his retirement in 1982.
Farley’s long list of notable projects includes work with Churchill Downs, the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, the U.S. Corp of Engineers, Fort Knox, Union Station, Ford Motor Co., the Louisville Convention Center, the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, the Department of Corrections, and the U.S. Postal Service as well as numerous community colleges, school districts and churches.
The Louisville native was born in 1927 and found his passion for architecture and design while attending drafting classes at Male High School.