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Sunday, January 9, 2011

PAINTED LADIES OF DANVILLE, KENTUCKY

The city of San Francisco, California, home of the renown houses dubbed the Painted Ladies, has nothing on Danville, Kentucky Only in Danville, the Painted Ladies are the commercial buildings located within the historic main street section. Above and below are a few examples of Danville Painted Ladies.

Multiple varieties of early ornamentation march along the blue and purple front facade of this storefront.


A thick wooden door with a very large one paned window greets customers. 
This pub provides cheer to their customers as does the rose and white colors on the facade.

Storefront colors of sky blue and cool white provide soft contrasts

A three story building splashes a cool aqua along 
its tall side wall at its corner position. 
Various Victorian-type ornamentation 
is painted out in various colors. 
Danville is a small town of 15,477 according to the 2000 census. In 2001 the town received a Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Applause for its active awareness of its heritage.


21 comments:

  1. How lovely!!! It seems to be becoming a trend!! I've seen it done here in Ohio, too!!!

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  2. Kay -- -Nice to see the small towns getting all gussied-up with color. When I make my trip to Ohio this spring I will ride through a few of the small towns -- hopefully they will be dressed in the old colors. -- barbara

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  3. Vicki -- Danville is a beautiful old town. Thanks for the comments Vicki -- barbara

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  4. Danville really is a beautiful place. I love these old buildings and it takes so much work/care to keep them painted like this.

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  5. Oh those painted ladies are a beautiful sight! Thanks for sharing them Barbara.

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  6. Spectacular - Kentucky truly has so much to offer! Glad to see another explorer out there!

    - The Kaintuckeean

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  7. I add my own applause to the appreciative ovation for Danville! :-)

    I just came here from Daphne's latest post, so I'm getting a rainbow of colors on my blog visits this morning! I absolutely love the pretty architectural details and rich colors on these downtown buildings. Can't even choose a favorite, they're all so handsome. Three cheers for the citizens of Danville, and all the other communities who work hard to preserve and make their towns a thing of beauty! Thanks for sharing, Barbara!

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  8. Very charming and pretty! It reminds me a little of our little town of Ripley, except we are a lot smaller.

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  9. Wonderful post Barbara. I am glad you pointed this out. Too often folks miss the beauty in these old towns. A number of them have been renovated and become towns full of painted ladies. We have a few of them in Virginia.

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  10. Farmchick -- It truly is pleasant to visit a town that has the initiative to maintain their historic structures. -- barbara

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  11. Mama-Bug -- Thanks for the nice comment on the painted ladies. -- barbara

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  12. Kaintuckeean -- I visited your blog and found it very interesting. Will be following your Project 120 -- to visit every county and to see every courthouse in Kentucky. Thanks -- barbara

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  13. Laloofah -- I feel that communities that work hard to preserve their historic fabric are contributing indirectly to their local economies. I, like you, do congratulate them. -- barbara

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  15. Schmidleysscribbling -- great to hear you have them in your area. The colors really liven up a town. -- barbara

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  16. Janet -- Have you posted photos of your town? Would love to see photos. -- barbara

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  17. Barbara could you drop me an email, I'd love to talk more with you but couldn't find an email address for you. Thanks, Mamabug

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  18. I love these decorative storefronts, so much more interesting than glass and steel. Thoroughbred Threads looks inviting!

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  19. barefootheart -- Thanks for the comment on the painted ladies. Yes, I imagine that the Thoroughbred store did interest you -- Ky is known for its horses. -- barbara

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  20. Love these! What a pretty village.

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