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Washinton’s Federal Style Marshall Key House

October 5, 2018
Marshall Key House Historic Federal Style House
Marshall Key House Historic Federal Style Sweeping Staircase

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Marshall Key House Historic Federal Style Carved Staircase Treads

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Marshall Key House Historic Federal Style Fireplace Carving Detail

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Marshall Key House Historic Federal Style House

Photo: Library of Congress

Marshall Key House Historic Federal Style House

Photo: Library of Congress

Marshall Key House Historic Federal Style House

Photo: Library of Congress

Marshall Key House Historic Federal Style House

Photo: Library of Congress

Marshall Key House Historic Federal Style House

Photo: Library of Congress

Marshall Key House Historic Federal Style House

Photo: Library of Congress

Marshall Key House Historic Federal Style House

Photo: Library of Congress

Marshall Key House Historic Federal Style House

Photo: Library of Congress

Sometimes town can be like people. Some people “peak” early & so with Washington, Kentucky. Founded in 1765, it boomed until surpassed by nearby Maysville. Fortunately, a number of original homes survive and in 1970 were designated the Washington Historic District. Among them the Federal Style Marshall Key House. Built in 1807 of flemish bond brick, it’s simple exterior gives no hint of the wonderful details within. An unusually elegant sweeping stair, carved chair rail, & delicately proportioned frontroom mantel were a rare sight in what was then a largely untamed area. It has, for its entire life, remained a private residence. Favorite part? Why, that stair, of course!

 

More on the Washington Historic District here.

 

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