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Robert McMeekin | Bluegrass Architects to Know
Born on his family’s farm near Armstrong Mill, Robert Ward McMeekin’s forebears had received a land grant from the Virginia Commonwealth before Kentucky’s establishment in 1792. His pride in his homeland is imbued in his work. “I’ve always been preoccupied with the beauty and gracious lifestyle” of the Bluegrass, McMeekin [...]
December 7, 2023
Who built the ancient mounds in Fayette County?
Meet the remarkable Adena People Drive down the beautiful Mt. Horeb area of Fayette County and you’re sure to see uniquely undulating hills across the rural landscape. These manmade mounds reflect a rich ancient culture once centered in the Bluegrass. The mounds have long fascinated visitors, with early theories suggesting the builders [...]
November 30, 2023
Vertner Woodson Tandy | Bluegrass Architects to Know
Vertner Woodson Tandy 1887-1949 Perhaps the most famous Black architect hailing from Kentucky never practiced here, yet his family’s legacy bears a lasting mark on Lexington. Vertner Woodson Tandy was born in Lexington to Henry and Emma Tandy in 1887. Henry Tandy, formerly enslaved in Estill County, was a skillful mason who [...]
October 31, 2023
Frankel & Curtis | Bluegrass Architects to Know
Some Lexington, Kentucky’s most beloved streets are dotted with homes by the renowned architects of Frankel & Curtis. The Firm Frankel & Curtis was formed before 1920 by Leon K. Frankel and John J. Curtis, two trained architect/engineers. Frankel had been a professor, teaching engineering at the University of Kentucky when [...]
October 4, 2023
Richard B. Isenhour | Bluegrass Architects to Know
Isenhour brought mid-century style to Lexington “beginning with a standard midcentury template—post-and beam construction, open floorplans, lots of exposed wooden beams and Kentucky limestone.” His later work “morphed from these contemporary ranch styles to bolder, block-style homes with rooms stacked in a more minimalist, streamlined fashion.” A native of North Carolina, [...]
September 20, 2023
Hugh Meriwether | Bluegrass Architects to Know
Hugh M. “Bud” Meriwether 1899-1979 Above, a Nicholasville home designed by Meriwether Active from the 1930’s to the 1970’s, architect Hugh Meriwether’s residential portfolio includes historic “revival” homes for modern living across across Lexington & Central Kentucky. While his work spans a variety of architectural styles, Meriwether is well-known for his residential [...]
September 2, 2023
Can you tear down a home on the National Register? Should you?
We’re historic home experts, and we often encounter a great deal of misinformation and even apprehension regarding preservation. Our brokerage helps clients navigate the process of buying or selling heritage properties with sensitivity. It is our aim to provide clarity and encouragement through keen expertise. Here, we’d like to share [...]
August 28, 2023
Limestone: The Secret Ingredient
Shallow Seas, Bountiful Bourbon, & Hearty Horses We know limestone-rich water makes for hardy horses & tasty bourbon in the Bluegrass. How, exactly, has this humble rock altered the course of history? ‘“The water is a very important ingredient and is a key reason why the bourbon industry has flourished in Kentucky,” [...]
July 24, 2023
What’s behind those columns?
Discover the hidden past of many Bluegrass Greek Revival homes Kentucky is famed for its genteel horse farms boasting white-columned Greek Revival estates. Visitors are often surprised to discover many of these “Greek Revival” manses date from much earlier than that period (c.1830-60) in Kentucky. As now, homeowners were eager to demonstrate [...]
July 11, 2023
Why do tobacco barns make good horse barns?
While an ever more rare sight, many Kentuckians have fond memories of tobacco hanging across the Bluegrass. Many warmly recall the scent of barns filled with one of Kentucky’s most successful cash crops of yore. Old tobacco barn on 2527 & 2439 Grimes Mill, sold by Kirkpatrick & Co. Kentucky’s rich [...]
June 30, 2023