Preservation Personals: A Beautifully Crafted Kentucky Victorian
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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