Hugh Mathew Meriwether

  • Birth 22 Jun 1899 Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 9 Aug 1979 Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
  • Burial Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
  • Plot Sec. 45 Lot 832
  • Memorial ID 77485571

Architect Hugh Meriwether Dies; Had Designed Buildings at UK

Hugh Meriwether, 80, an architect who lived at 125 McDowell Road, died Thursday at St. Joseph Hospital of a heart attack.

Meriwether was the designer of the University or Kentucky Medical Center and Memorial Coliseum. He devoted much of his career to the design of government buildings, churches and housing projects and spent his later years as a consultant to architectural firms and builders.

In addition to the UK buildings, his projects included the state Capital Annex in Frankfort, the Lexington Theological Seminary and the Aspendale and Blue Grass Park housing projects. He also designed the state prisons at LaGrange and Pee Wee Valley and the Department for Human Resources building in Frankfort.

Georgian Style

Much of Meriwether's work was done in the colonial or Georgian style as typified by the Lexington Theological Seminary with its large white columns.

"The Department for Human Resources building in Frankfort was the closest I've come to modern (architecture)," he said in a recent interview in the Sunday Herald-Leader.

Meriwether said that the Italian Renaissance style capital building was his favorite building, but described the UK Medical Center as "the nicest job I've ever done."

He served as president of the Association of Kentucky Architects and the East Kentucky Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and other professional organizations. He was also a lecturer on the history of architecture at UK and served as a consulting architect for the state Department of Education. Meriwether also served as a consultant to the city of Lexington and was the author of the Comprehensive Area Plan for Lexington and Environs.

UK Graduate

He attended the University of Louisville, Harvard University and graduated for the University of Kentucky with a degree in engineering.

Meriwether was former president of the Lexington Optimist Club, and was a member of Beaumont Presbyterian Church. He was also a veteran of World War I.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline Roach Meriwether, and four children, Mrs. S. Patrick Wylie, of Lexington; Mrs. Ted Raab of Columbia, S.C.; Paul Joseph Cowden of Louisville; and James Rice Cowden Jr. of Philadelphia, and eight grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at W.R. Milward Mortuary - Broadway, with visitation before the services Saturday.

Memorials may be made to the Ephriam McDowell Community Cancer Network or St. Joseph Hospital.

Lexington Herald (Lexington, Kentucky)
Aug. 10, 1979, p. C5

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