October 12, 2018

Preservation Personals: A Beautifully Crafted Kentucky Victorian

  • By: Rebecca Gale

I am the John O’Byrne House, a property in Henderson, Kentucky, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1891 by O’Byrne, a brick mason and prominent businessman, my 13-inch-thick brick walls and cream-colored wood trim exhibit influences from a variety of Victorian-era styles. Located two blocks from the Ohio River, I am close to parks, restaurants, and a 3-mile paved walking path that runs along the riverfront.

Henderson is a small city in western Kentucky, right across the border from Indiana. Naturalist John James Audubon resided here for a time and is now commemorated by a series of sculptures of birds Audubon painted. Between a vineyard, a race track, numerous nature reserves, and many more attractions, there are plenty of ways to spend your weekends around here.

You’ll delight in my elegant decorative details in the first floor foyer and parlors: stained glass windows, carved wood moldings, and detailed period fireplace surrounds. My rooms are joined by enormous doorways with sliding pocket doors, giving the space an open feel. My den and eat-in kitchen provide a more relaxed place for your family to kick back.

My carved wooden staircase adorned with two stained glass eyebrow windows is a definite showstopper. It leads up to an arched hallway, off of which are my four generously sized bedrooms and a walk-in closet. Each has gorgeous features you’ll marvel over every day—stained glass, bull’s eye moldings around sizeable windows, and tiled fireplaces. Transom windows above doors, radiators, and portions of exposed brick walls add that unmatchable antique charm that makes a house a work of art.

Two bright updated bathrooms feature a new walk-in shower and a clawfoot soaker tub. My entire interior has a fresh elegance about it with jaw-dropping historic details in every corner that have been well preserved and refurbished over the years so that they still shine the way they would have in 1891.

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photo by: Cynthia Maples

Henderson, Kentucky 42420.

Photos of the historic 1891 John O'Byrne house in Henderson, Kentucky

photo by: Cynthia Maples

My stunning entry foyer will make you more excited than ever to arrive home after a long day's work.

Photos of the historic 1891 John O'Byrne house in Henderson, Kentucky

photo by: Cynthia Maples

My beautifully detailed rooms will wow guests and provide you with an enriching sanctuary to relax in.

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Rebecca Gale is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. In her spare time, you can find her visiting local museums, photographing historic buildings, or playing guitar.

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