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Explore Kentucky’s Most Notable Buildings

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption
St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

Earlier this year, USA TODAY Travel and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) teamed up to develop a listing of the best buildings in America. The list below features the most architecturally significant structures in Kentucky and makes for a great starting place to develop an interesting driving tour of the commonwealth:

Passing-Lane---Palace-Theatre• Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville

• Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest Visitors Center, Clermont

• Blue Heron Mining Community/Big South Fork Coal Camp, Stearns

• Conrad Caldwell House Museum, Louisville

• Four Roses Distillery, Lawrenceburg

• Humana Building, Louisville

• Kaden Tower, Louisville

• Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea

• Kentucky State Capitol, Frankfort

• Central Kentucky Thoroughbred Horse Farms, Central Kentucky

• Kentucky Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, Frankfort

• Lake Barkley State Park Lodge, Cadiz

• Louisville Palace Theater, Louisville

• Louisville Free Public Library, Southwest Regional Branch, Louisville

• Louisville Water Works and Pump Station No. 1, Louisville

• National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green

• Northern Kentucky University Student Union, Highland Heights

• Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg

• Speed Art Museum, Louisville

• 21c Museum Hotels, Louisville, Lexington

• Spindletop Hall, Lexington

• St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington

• Churchill Downs, Louisville

• Keeneland Racecourse, Lexington

• Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center, Lawrenceburg

• Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, Crestwood