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Sunday, July 10, 2011

COUNTRY PLANTATION HOMES -- CENTRAL KENTUCKY

Paint Lick Area, Kentucky --  Greek Revival Style Influence
Early 1800s

Greek Revival Influence
Paint Lick Area, Kentucky
Early 1800s

Georgian Influence
Early 1800s
Central Kentucky


25 comments:

  1. I love the house in the second photo. Also like your new header. What is it about old homes that people find so intriguing? Is it the history?

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  2. I would love to look inside all of them!

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  3. Such stately old homes! I can't see much difference between the second Greek Revival house and the Georgian one and was wondering what architectural features set them apart.

    If I were to win a raffle and get to choose one of these three to live in, I'd pick the Georgian one. I love that "promenade porch" on the front. :-)

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  4. fARMCHICK -- This house was recently for sale. I have not seen the for sale sign lately although I seldom get this way. It is one of my favorite homes also. I have lots of photos of it -- the back of the house has a great ell that I imagine was an early kitchen area. Dissecting houses is fun but many times a mystery as to date, form, function, etc.

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  5. Interesting architecture. We have a few of those old Greek, Georgian, Federalist structures around here in the DC area. I worked as a volunteer docent at one of them. I love the smell of an old structure (as long as it is in good condition). Interesting to me to see the styles can be found in KY. Obviously belonged to the very wealthy. Dianne

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  6. Laloofah -- What sets the Georgian house apart from the Greek Revival influenced houses is that it has a hipped rooF with tall paired chimneys. They, Greek Revival and Georgian have some similarities in style as so many of the old houses have. A good book to have if you are interested in old houses is "A Field Guide To American Houses" by Virginia & Lee McAlester.

    I was not able to walk the property of the 1st and 3rd photos which I always like to do to discover what changes, etc have been made over time.

    If you do win the raffle the Georgian is an excellent choice. It is a magnificent home with tons of acres surrounding it. Los of room for dogs to roam. -- barbara

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  7. Birdie -- Yes, I would like to peer inside a few of them also. I'm sure that there is some magnificent architectural details behind those doors. Thanks for stopping by -- barbara

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  8. Dianne -- Kentucky is interesting in its settlement patterns of which I would include these homes as a part of the early settlement of KY. There were many wealthy agrarian landowners that settled early in this state.They owned thousands of acres, had slaves, and large estates. People think of KY as bumkin territory but in several ways it has a wealthy component. Ky's history is diverse as well as colorful -- all of which makes it a place of great discoveries.

    Thanks for stopping by -- barbara

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  9. I love grand old houses like these. We have a neighborhood of Tudor and Victorian homes that has been designated as 'historic' and I've always wanted a home there.

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  10. Kay -- I bet that the historic section by you has tours of some of the houses once in a while. You sound like you would enjoy spinning through some of them. thanks for the comment -- barbaa

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  11. These old homes bring Gone With the Wind to mind...they look like they're in such lovely settings too. People still live in them don't they? I think it would be really interesting to see the inside...but then again, I'm a little nosey! :D

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  12. Thanks for your answer to my question and the book recommendation, Barbara! And if you ever see those raffle tickets go on sale, please pick up a few for me. I'll pay you back, and if I win I'll hire Rose to cater a lovely luncheon on that fun porch and you can be the guest of honor. :-)

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  13. Rose -- The three above all have beautiful land surrounding them. First and third photos do have folks living in them but I am unsure about the second one. The second was for sale on the market -- so I don't know its current status. They are all lovely homes but my favorite as far as a show stopper is the Georgian place. It is maintained to the max and it feels like Rhett Butler is just around the corner. One thing -- many old plantation homes close to large KY cities have bit the dust to developers wanting land.-- barbara

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  14. Laloofah -- sounds like a good plan. I'm really not a spotlight seeker so I'll trade my honoree position in for a four hour tour of the place. Rose would be ideal to cater -- she has creative ways with her food dishes. -- barbara

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  15. I'm in for the luncheon...maybe we should make it a theme party and dress in early 1800's garb. :D

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  16. What wonderful old homes those are. I'd love to see the inside and imagine the families that once lived there.

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  17. Rose -- of course a theme would be called for -- Gone With the Wind sounds pretty good. But I get tabs on Rhett. -- barbara

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  18. Mama-Bug -- So would I like to see the insides of some of these homes. If I ever get in hopefully I will be allowed to bring my camera. -- barbara

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  19. Hello:
    We have discovered your most interesting and eclectic blog via the comment which you left on Friko's recent post. The topics which you cover are wide ranging and, if we may say, beautifully illustrated. We are particularly drawn to the three mansions which you show here as architecture is one of our [many we hope] interests.

    We shall very much look forward to more of your writing. Meanwhile, have a very happy day.

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  20. That header is fine! I want to sit on that porch. Interesting name: Paint Lick Area. Still called that? What's a Lick anyways? I know what it is if I have a tootie roll pop, but this has me confused.

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  22. Jane and Lance -- thank you for stopping by and your very nice comments. Vernacular architecture is what I write about mostly. Once in a while I throw in some photos of historic architecture that is more formal. Nice that you have architecture as one of your interests. I visited your post and found it interesting. Do stop by again. -- barbara

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  23. Birdman -- Come to KY -- you will find lots of fun porches to sit on. In the early settlement era many places were settled near natural salt licks so the name "lick" became part of the whole settlement name. There are many places in the state that use lick in their name -- a few being -- Red Lick, White Lick, Blue Lick and several more. Thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  24. Great header photo. Reminds me of one or the rental houses I lived in as a kid. It was one of those houses George Washington slept in. No inside plumbing. Raised in that typed home it is difficult for me to connect with huge homes. They are great to observe. Don't think I would ever be comfortable living in one.

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  25. Grampy -- I cannot connect with what I call the McMansion homes. It takes a lot of personal hubris to feel entitled to trash the environment by building one of those monstrosities. A lot of imbalance going on in this world. -- barbara

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