May's Fab 4 deTour

The May “Fab Four BGT deTour” will feature the interiors and gardens of four private residences located on Bullock Place and Hambrick Place.

Bullock Place and Hambrick Place parallel East Main Street behind the Fayette County Public Schools Central Office, which is the old Henry Clay High School.

As you stroll between these properties, be sure to observe the house at 715 Bullock Place as it is the oldest residence on the street. It was built by the adventurer James Masterson on a tract of 100 acres that he purchased from Col. James Wilkerson. Masterson died in 1838 and the property was divided between his widow and five children. This particular acreage came into the hands of Major Robert S. Bullock by 1873.

George Kinkead House is Home to Living Arts & Science Center

Architect's Rendering. LASC
At 362 North Walnut Street stands the old antebellum mansion historically known as the George B. Kinkead House. The house has been the home to the Living Arts and Science Center since 1971. In 2011, a modern 11,000 square foot addition was proposed to the facility to grow LASC's programming capacity and physical footprint. The old mansion is approximately 7,000 square feet.

The Home

In 1847, George B. Kinkead had constructed a Greek Revival two-story townhouse and the home was adapted at least twice during the family's ownership. Around the time of the Civil War, the building was "Italicized" "with the addition of a third-floor attic and probably a two-story section on the north side of the main block."

Peabody-Fordson now a National Register Historic District

Club House at Peabody-Fordson District. USDA Forest Service.
On February 1, 2017, the Department of the Interior approved updates to the 1989 inclusion of the Peabody-Fordson Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places. Located in the Big Creek vicinity in Clay County, Kentucky, Peabody-Fordson is also known as the Redbird Ranger Office Complex and are used by the U.S. Forest Service.

Although Forest Service has razed various structures over the years, 3 contributing buildings and 3 contributing structures are included in the district. The district is interpreted as a "late 19th and early 20th century commercial operation centered upon extraction of timber and minerals from this portion of eastern Kentucky." Brother at 3.

The names Peabody and Fordson relate to the corporate owners of the land. Peabody Coal Company acquired 110,000 acres of Kentucky lands; it was one of the nation's largest coal companies and its successor, Peabody Energy, is the world's largest private sector coal company.* Peabody spent much of its efforts in the vicinity addressing inaccurate land records resulting from shoddy surveying in Kentucky. In 1923, Peabody sold the tracts to Fordson Coal Company which was a subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company. Henry Ford wanted to vertically integrate his supply chain and needed coal resources to do so. It was under the Fordson ownership that the contributing  buildings in the District were constructed.

Loudoun House is Among Finest Gothic Revival Homes in the South

Owned by the City of Lexington, the historic Loudoun House will be the site of the next BGT deTour on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Check out all the details below and say "I'm going!" on Facebook by clicking here!

Loudoun House was built in 1850 for Francis Key Hunt, one of John Wesley Hunt and Catherine Hunt's twelve children. The Gothic revival is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been the home to the Lexington Art League since 1984.

The home was designed by New York architect Alexander Jackson Davis and is believed to be one of only five surviving castellated Gothic Revival villas in the United States designed by Davis. The home was constructed by local builder John McMurtry who popularized Davis' Gothic Revival designs in the Bluegrass. Ingleside, once along South Broadway, was a companion home to Loudoun House that was demolished in 1964.

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