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Image 7 of Famous homes in Kentucky

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A Page 2 i Q walk, framed with lilac bushes forming an archway, leads from the iron _ gate at the street to the doorway, which is decorated with detailed A carving of unusual design. On either side of this doorway is a group A of columns supporting the fan, or window light, above the cornices. . These columns, together with the broad base—boards, express the ideals y and magnificence of the old world designing. The entrance hall is ? _ square, with a living room on the right and a bedroom on the left. Low, ` white doors open into these rooms. Straight down the hall from the F 4 front entrance, wide double doors lead into the dining room, which is : A made rich by its fine paneling and comfortable by its wide log fire- f f place. The library is entered from the living room and above the door t y between these rooms are arched fan—lights with leaded panes, similar in [ ; design to the lights of the outer door. The interior partitions of ¥ { the house are brick and frame, plastered; the floors are wooden, random ~ A width ash; and the roof is of frame construction, covered with wood I shingles. ‘ Several additions have been made to the original structure and ‘ § variations from the first plan of the house have resulted. The original A § kitchen was a separate building and was not indicated on the old plan d of the floor. The slave quarters near the northwest corner of the house, T § opposite the old kitchen, were removed to make way for an addition. The § old ice house, on the west side of the building, also has been dismantled. { l T The side lights of the original main entrance evidently were divided ` g by lead muntins, or arches, as markers on the present glass indicate y the design has been changed. ‘ 2 4 , i John Brand, the original builder, was a native of Scotland, § coming to America about l800. He had been a prosperous manufacturer in K 2 $ Glasgow, Scotland, but became deeply involved financially after suffering | l § reverses and came to the new country to recoup his losses. Trading in j é tobacco, cordage and hemp, he met with such success as to enable him to 1 I i return to Glasgow, arrange an elaborate dinner and present to each of his { guests — who had been his creditors — an envelope containing a check for € Q the amount of each debt, with interest added. Returning to America, he 3 § contined his business success and, as a hobby, turned to the beautifying . _§ of his new home, deriving rare pleasure from the importation and installa- § é tion of tasteful furnishings. , ‘ l A Ci —