top of page

Fayette County Courthouse

Fayette County Courthouse by Illuminationworks: Heritage Lighting Designer Brilliance

Heritage lighting designer Illuminationworks revitalised the historic Fayette County Courthouse in Lexington, Kentucky. Transforming the 1899 building into a vibrant mixed-use center, our lighting played a pivotal role in restoring the hidden domed rotunda, unseen for over 60 years.


Adhering to preservation guidelines, our design reinforced classical architecture and updated the 'star pattern' with LED sources, emphasising the dome's curvature. Collaborating with Deborah Berke Partners and K. Norman Berry Architects, our work blends contrasting contemporary styles with respectful integration of lighting details, renewing Lexington's prominent landmark for public use.

In contrast to the neo-classical architecture of the dome and rotunda, a much more contemporary lighting design approach was developed for the common areas of the office spaces. 

Illuminationworks, your heritage lighting designer, seamlessly blends history with the present, offering a wealth of references to illuminate timeless narratives.

Design Architect

Deborah Berke Partners  

Executive Architect

K Norman Berry Associates


Tim Furlong Jr








Heritage Project of the Year

2019 Lighting Design Awards



Honor Award - Additions/Renovations/Restoration

American Institute of Architecture - Kentucky


Jury Comments:


“The renovation of the Fayette County Courthouse is a stunning example of elegance and refined design. The design team combined expertly detailed new elements, such as the central stair, with a masterful strategy for lighting and color to highlight the original features of the historic building. With careful demolition and an attitude of design restraint, the finished project highlights the best features of the original while giving this building new life for the next 100 years.”

LDA 2019 logo COMMENDED.jpg