1876 Italianate – Ashland, KY

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Added to OHD on 5/27/19   -   Last OHD Update: 8/11/19   -   9 Comments
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1520 Chestnut Dr, Ashland, KY 41101

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  • $429,000
  • 6 Bed
  • 6 Bath
  • 7800 Sq Ft
  • 1 Ac.
The Culbertson Estate! Ashlands Premier Address! Sitting on over an acre just blocks from Central Park, This 140 year old 6 Bedroom, 6 Bath, 7800 square foot Estate Home has been meticulously restored to its original glory. Be wowed by it's 13' high ceilings and 12' doors, original hardwood floors with modern updates such as Geo-Thermal heating and cooling system and (2) 200 amp electric boxes. Master suites on 1st and 2nd floors, 2 complete kitchens, 1st and 2nd floor patios, and a sunroom in a 3rd floor tower. Beautifully landscaped yard with parking area large enough for 6 cars. Whole house security system. Home currently listed on the national registry of Historic Places. Owner has retired and is downsizing. A beautiful home waiting for a new family to enjoy it's charm and wonderful History! Priced 50k below appraisal!
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Gary Donalson, Re/Max Real Team Realty
(606) 325-0407 / (855) 670-6868
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9 Comments on 1876 Italianate – Ashland, KY

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  1. ScottScott says: 327 comments
    1951 Grants Pass, OR

    I wonder why the tower is on the side of the house instead of on the front?

    • AJ DavisAJ Davis says: 404 comments
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      1850 Italianate, classical
      New Haven, CT

      Towers did at times end up on the rears or sides of houses. A house from the early 1850’s called Steen Valletje (Dutch for “Little Stone Valley”) near Barrytown, NY, of the early 1850’s (it was built by the great uncle of FDR [Franklin Delano], who had married an Astor; the couple was childless and the house was most unfortunately great altered in approximately the early part of the 3rd quarter of the 20th C–Georgianized, if you will, with its original and a second tower added in the 1880’s both lopped off to a Georgian height to match the rest of the altered house–if only criminal charges could have been brought against the perpetrators of that needlessly violent act…) is one example that significantly predates this house. That house was decidedly more asymmetrical to begin with than the Culbertson mansion. The rear of the house faced the Hudson River, so it was in many ways, the facade most frequently seen at that time by travelers on the Hudson River, although the other side of the house clearly had the formal front door, entry hallway, etc. Sometimes an offset tower simply served to create the asymmetry Italianate villas like this were noted for and the Culbertson house would be markedly symmetrical from the front if the tower did not exist at all (even though you can’t see it from frontal photos of the house, I’ll bet you’d see it as you approached the house from a greater distance than the photos show).
      Another house, the Bronson house outside Hudson, NY and also once on the Hudson River (before the trees grew too tall) had an addition put on its rear that had a tower in the dead center of the new facade. Rose Hill, also on the Hudson, is yet another house to which a tower was later added, but it was deliberately put behind the house, probably so as not to mess up the classical front facade of the building, while adding a tower that was none the less clearly visible from the river and shouted that it was a fashionable, up to date house, despite its formal, frontal classical formalism. So, towers could and were built on or added to pretty much any house where the owner wanted to place them and they were normally visible if you were any distance away from the house, even if the owner did not want the tower visible on the front of the house, for whatever reason.
      I suspect the builder of the Culbertson mansion may have wanted an Italianate villa as well as an Italianate palazzo, the latter of which were inspired as urban townhouses (almost fortresses) in northern Italian cities that were built by very wealthy Renaissance families like the Medicis of Florence, the Estes of Ferrara, etc. These tended to be very massive, four-square houses whereas Italian villas were rambling, country residences with towers and additions that were added on to over the years. “Cubic” Italian-inspired houses were in fact formulaic shapes for palazzos and not villas. So, in many ways, Mr. Culbertson got both types of houses in this design for his residence: a seeming palazzo proves to be a villa after all, and a seeming villa proves to primarily a palazzo with a tower added to the rear. He got both types of houses in the end…

  2. CindyCindy says: 262 comments
    1866 Italianate/Queen Anne
    Brunswick, MO

    I want this house. Love the sun room in the tower. Nicely proportioned rooms, very pretty.

  3. MimiMimi says: 208 comments
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    Rochester, MN

    What a wonderful house! Just beautiful!

  4. StevenFStevenF says: 878 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    That side elevation featuring the imbedded pediment is wonderful.

  5. DaveDave says: 288 comments
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    1875 Queen Ann/Stick
    Des Moines, IA

    Just LOVELY. The furniture placement is spot on in the formal rooms, and well coordinated with the interior massing of the house. Great job!

  6. beckybecky says: 119 comments
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    bass lake, CA

    Wow! Now this home has some gorgeous décor! This is also a kitchen to die for. I don’t get why the 2nd kitchen is there. Maybe for a M-I-L suite? Seems odd to not make it go with all the rest of the home. I like the colors used in this home as well. Not too bright… just right!

  7. AJ DavisAJ Davis says: 404 comments
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    1850 Italianate, classical
    New Haven, CT

    I’m struck by the seemingly transitional nature of this house, assuming it is all original and has not been altered over time. The 2nd or bedroom floor has nothing but black marble mantels in the relatively late Rococo Revival or Italianate style characteristic of the 1870’s. However, he first floor formal parlor has a wooden mantle and raised wooden columns on half-wall projections that are much more classically-inspired and which seem (to me, at least) too early for 1876 (unless one somehow considers them to neo-Grec, which I don’t think they really are). Had I not been informed of the building date, I would have assumed that photos 6, 7 and 8 were from the 1880’s or even possibly much later. Would anyone care to weigh in on these elements of the formal parlor and the dating of same?

  8. Jason DanielsJason Daniels says: 46 comments
    Lexington, KY

    My dad lives in Ashland and I spent at least one month every summer there, and some of my Christmas holiday. This is a beautiful home, so many original details still remain. Ashland does have a lot of fine homes because of the steal and train industry there used to be a lot of money in that town.

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