Irvin H. Stern, Jr.

Mayfair Manor

Entrepreneur and owner of Framecraft Gallery

Served in U.S. Army during WWII

Boy Scouts of America Scoutmaster



Irvin H. Stern, Jr., son of Jeanette Starr Stern and Irvin H. Stern, Sr., was born December 25, 1923. Irvin attended the University of Kentucky College of Education Teacher Training School from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

He graduated from UK’s College of Engineering with a major in architecture. Irvin was a Boy Scout and later became a Scoutmaster when he returned from serving in the United States Army during World War II.

He was offered and then refused a position in an architect’s office when he discovered an error in a plan for a school building. Irvin brought this error to the firm’s attention, but they refused to acknowledge the mistake.

The error on the plan was that the emergency fire escape stood a large number of feet from the building. Irvin worked in the family business in sales and also installed floor covering and doors for the Overhead Door Company.

Irvin’s love of art and design encouraged him to enter the picture framing business. He began his own business called “Framecraft Gallery.” Irvin, his wife Sybil, and their three sons, Douglas, Robert, and Thomas spent many vacations at the family lake house.

They enjoyed swimming, boating, and fishing. Sybil and Irvin have been happily married for 68 years, and according to Sybil, “Irvin was a superb husband and father and always there for his family.”

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