Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown have gotten a lot of attention this year. First, they were featured in the New York Times’s coverage on an Art Basel buying spree. Now, they are featured in the Wall Street Journal for their Louisville pied-a-terre and art hotel:
“It’s a contemporary space for our contemporary work,” says Mr. Wilson. The couple use the two-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment as a pied-à-terre, a place to stay and entertain when they aren’t at their 1,000-acre farm about 40 minutes outside the city.
The penthouse is reached through what looks like a normal hotel room door on the fourth floor but which opens to reveal a private elevator and a stairway with gold-leather-wrapped handrails and LED lights that change colors. A hallway with art-packed walls leads to a large, open room with floor-to-ceiling glass doors on two sides and an expansive outdoor rooftop terrace that almost doubles the size of the apartment. The effect is that of a glass box perched above the mostly historic low-rise buildings of Kentucky’s largest city, with views over the Ohio River to Indiana.