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Pic of the Week – The Pope Villa, a House Designed by Benjamin Latrobe

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In a historic neighborhood in Lexington, Kentucky, not far from the University of Kentucky, sits a house with a special connection to the U.S. Capitol Building. The house was designed by Benjamin Latrobe, the Second Architect of the Capitol. Latrobe was hired by Thomas Jefferson to work on the Capitol, and after it was damaged by the British in 1814, he worked on its restoration. This particular house is known as the Pope Villa, and was constructed in 1811 for Senator John Pope.

The Pope Villa, a house designed by Benjamin Latrobe
The Pope Villa
[Photo by Robert Brammer.]

Comments (5)

  1. The landscaping is interesting.

  2. We were at the Pope Villa in June, 2006 and climbed a ladder to the ballroom being restored upstairs and saw pieces of decorative woodwork to be restored and installed…It was very impressive to see
    the hard work and limited budget of the volunteers working on this restoration…One father and his elementary school age daughter were there doing a clean up detail at the front entrance…

    • Thanks for your comment. I would like to see some pictures of the interior if you have any to share.

  3. I re-visited the Pope Villa this weekend and have some interior photos on my blog – /

  4. Thanks so much for linking to pictures of the interior of the Pope Villa.

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