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Gideon Shryock

Gideon Shryock
Born (1802-11-15)November 15, 1802
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Died June 19, 1880(1880-06-19) (aged 77)
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Nationality American

Gideon Shryock (November 15, 1802 – June 19, 1880) was an American Greek Revival architect. His name has also frequently been misspelled as Gideon Shyrock.[1]


  • Biography 1
  • Notable designs 2
  • Influence 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Shryock was a native of Lexington, Kentucky, the son of a housebuilder and contractor, Mathias Shryock, who had moved to Kentucky from Maryland and who would father 10 other children in Kentucky besides Gideon. One of Gideon's younger brothers, Cincinnatus Shryock, would also become an architect.

Shryock studied at Lancastrian Academy in Lexington, and was later apprenticed to architect William Strickland of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for one year, after working in family business. While in Philadelphia, Shryock acquired a copy of the American edition of Swan's British Architect, which he brought back to Lexington. Shryock is buried in the Shryock family plot at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.

Notable designs

Shryock is credited on a Kentucky historical marker as the builder and designer of the important Old Bank of Louisville, though it was actually designed by architect James Dakin and Shryock superintended the construction of Dakin's design.


Shryock is cited as the most influential architect in Kentucky from 1827 to 1837. Among his apprentices were John McMurtry (1812-1890). Shryock is one of the namesakes of Greathouse/Shryock Traditional Elementary School in Louisville, Kentucky.


  1. ^ Note: For example, University of Louisville archives give as "Shryock"; University of Kentucky digital archives gives "Shyrock".
  2. ^ "Images of Old State House by Gideon Shryock". Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Jefferson County Courthouse by Gideon Shryock". Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Old Morrison, Transylvania College, Lexington, Kentucky - National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary". Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  • Andrews, Alfred J. (April 1944). "Gideon Shryock, Kentucky Architect and Greek Revival Architecture in Kentucky". Filson Club Historical Quarterly 18 (2). Retrieved 2012-02-22. 

External links

  • Gideon Shryock (1802-1880) research materials (University of Louisville)
  • Gideon Shryock (1802-1880) from the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.
  • Architecture of Lexington, Kentucky -- National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
  • Gideon Shryock at Find a Grave

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