Friday, November 21, 2014

Fighting to Save a Kentucky Landmark: Ridgeway

On Veterans Day, the Harrison County Fiscal Court chose to ‘honor’ the memory of one of Kentucky’s most prominent Veterans by voting to demolish his residence, Ridgeway (aka The Handy House), just 3 years shy of its 200th birthday. This former home of U.S. Congressman and War of 1812 Veteran, Colonel William Brown, sits at the top of a hill in the 'new' Flat Run Veterans Park off Oddville Pike, heading out of Cynthiana. The park has existed for nearly ten years, but it remains unfinished, and the local population has been divided on what to do with this structurally sound, but cosmetically challenged historic treasure.

The history of the house is quite remarkable. As mentioned above, the original owner was U.S. Congressman and War of 1812 Veteran, Colonel William Brown. He was an attorney and close friend of Henry Clay. Both served in the 16th Congress, which established the Missouri Compromise. Colonel Brown's wife, Harriet Warfield, was the sister of Lexington's Dr. Elisha Warfield. He is well known as the owner of the famed racehorse Lexington and as the physician who delivered Mary Todd Lincoln.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Lost Lexington Interview

On Sunday, November 9, 2014, the iHeartRadio networks in Kentucky aired this radio interview about Lost Lexington. Interviewing Peter Brackney was Suzanne Duval. I wanted to share the audio with you all, so I created a video to make it a little more interested. This is my first stab at any sort of video editing, but it was fun so it may be worth utilizing more on the Kaintuckeean. 

As for the book, the next event is on Saturday at Costco. Check out more details over on Lost Lexington's Facebook page. You can read about other coverage of Lost Lexington by clicking here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

In Memorium: Holmes Hall

Holmes Hall - University of Kentucky, ca. 1914. Author's collection.
IMHO, the loss of Holmes Hall may be the most devastating of all the demolitions which occurred on campus this summer. Yes, others may have more historic or even architectural significance, but the realtor's mantra of "location, location, location" weighs heavily (for me) with this demolition.

Holmes Hall stood at such a prominent location: the northeast corner of South Limestone and the Avenue of Champions. From its seat, Holmes Hall welcomed to the downtown area those traveling into Lexington along Nicholasville Road.

It was smartly set back from the curb with a good amount of green space. Behind, the structure consisted largely of three parts: a four-story brick dormitory not dissimilar to many other dormitories on campus, an interesting one-story brown stone appendage that wrapped the building’s frontage along Avenue of Champions as well as part of its eastern fa├žade (the same stone was smartly used around each of the entrances), and the final part of the of Holmes Hall was what truly set it apart.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

3 Kentucky Memorials Honor Our Veterans

Armistice Day. It was on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in the year 1918 that World War I ceremonially ended.

In time, and in recognition of the many more conflicts in which American servicemen and women fought, the holiday was renamed to Veterans Day. To all those who have served our country, thank you.

Below are images of 3 selected memorials around Kentucky which honor the servicemen of World War I:

Springfield, Kentucky. Author's collection.
Paintsville, Kentucky. Author's collection
Morehead, Kentucky. Author's collection.


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