Liberty Hall, 1796
Liberty Hall, built for Senator John Brown in Frankfort between 1796-1803, is the finest example of early federal-era architecture in Kentucky. Other early Kentucky buildings display elements of the style but the refinement and sophistication of Liberty Hall is unparalleled. It features a pedimented three-bayed central pavilion, whose focus is a beautiful colonnetted doorway with a fine Palladian window above, and having a lunette (half moon) window set in the pediment. The exquisite cornice carries left to right across the entire façade. Above the gabbled roof rise a pair of equally balanced and substantial chimneys, capped in the mid-eighteenth century Virginia tradition, and which are unique in Kentucky. The excellent proportions of this façade indicate that the house must have been designed first on paper as an elevation drawing, and was probably the earliest in the commonwealth, at least in the domestic field. The grounds are equally elegant.
Local Materials – Nash Cox
|Location||Liberty Hall Historic Site|
|Address||202 Wilkinson St.|
|Site Management||Liberty Hall Historic Site|
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