Louisville Municipal College

Samuel Plato (African American architect--1892-1957)

The State University of Louisville opened in 1879 as the first institution of higher learning for African Americans. Plato, an alumnus, designed this main building of the campus, once known as William H. Steward Hall, when the college was part of Simmons University. Later the campus became Louisville Municipal University, which closed its doors in the 1950's. Today an African American church owns the property. Built of tan brick, the building has a modified piano nobile, with arched windows, and a decorative restrained pediment over the entrance.

See also Plato's Broadway Temple AME Zion Church.

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