Ward Hall: Kentucky’s Greek Revival Masterpiece

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Enter the world of Ward Hall, where world class Antebellum Greek Revival architecture is embellished with period antiques, celebrating the 1850s lifestyle. The newly formed America looked to the democratic ideals of the ancient Greek republic, building public and private edifices to resemble their temples; thus verifying that they were worthy successors to those Athenian values.

High resolution photography and detailed diligent research have uncovered new facets of this Kentucky gem.

Ward Hall is undisputedly Kentucky’s grandest and most stately Greek Revival residence. Erected in Georgetown, Ky just before the Civil War, it showcased the newly formed United States’ interpretation of the Greek democratic ideals embodied in a strong, not overly ornate structure. Ward Hall is in a constant state of restoration, but still the grandeur of it prevails.

The mansion serves not only as a museum of the Antebellum period in American history, including the contributions of the enslaved, but as a living tribute with colorful events hosted throughout the year.

This book will let the reader enjoy the splendor throughout the seasons and encourage a visit and donation to this National treasure.

“By Wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”

—Proverbs 24:3-4

Proceeds from the sale of this book will also help other communities and organizations preserve their history through Our American Heritage Project, a non-profit organization.
About The Author

Bob Willcutt 

Bob Willcutt has always had an interest and respect for all types of art, especially photography. He came to Kentucky in 1966 to attend the University of Kentucky, and although he still did some photography, his time was spent on scholastic and musical pursuits. When he started his own business in 1968 and expanded to a full store in 1979, naming it Willcutt Guitars, he was attracted to the art aspect of guitars. When he began his website, WillcuttGuitars.com, in 1998, he was finally able to use his photog Learn More about Bob Willcutt

James Birchfield, Ph.D  James Birchfield, Ph.D is former Curator of Rare Books at the University of Kentucky. He has served as President of Clay Lancaster’s Warwick Foundation, Chairman of the University of Kentucky Art Museum Advisory Board, and as a member of the boards of the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation and Henry Clay’s Ashland. Birchfield is a former editor of The Kentucky Review, author of Kentucky Countess: Mona Bismarck in Art and Fashion and Clay Lancaster’s Kentucky: Architectural Photographs of a Preservation Pioneer. Learn More about James Birchfield, Ph.D
Photographs by Bob Willcutt 

Bob Willcutt has always had an interest and respect for all types of art, especially photography. In the 1960s, he was the photo editor for his high school newspaper (Woodrow Wilson High in Washington, DC), and learned to shoot with film as well as mastering darkroom development techniques. Living in the nation’s capital exposed him to the best art museums and a level of expected expertise in all endeavors.

He came to Kentucky in 1966 to attend the University of Kentucky, and although Learn More about Photographs by Bob Willcutt

Praise for Ward Hall . . .

“…the Noblest Greek Revival house in Kentucky.” —Lindsey Apple, Scott County, A History; 1993, pg. 164.

“The Grandest Greek Revival house in Kentucky, and one of the grandest in America, is Ward Hall in Scott County.” —James Birchfield, Clay Lancaster’s Kentucky; 2009, pg.106.

“The stairway is the grandest of this style in the country.”  —Ann Bolton Bevins, Real Country 3; 2021, pg. 140.

“Kentucky’s largest and most ostentatious Greek Revival house.” —Ann Bolton Bevins, Johnson, Apple, Georgetown and Scott County; 1998, pg 116.

“Ward Hall, [is] the epitome of Kentucky Greek Revival architecture.” —Ann Bolton Bevins, The Ward and Johnson Families of Central Kentucky; 1984, pg 21.

“…the most fabulous house in Central Kentucky.” —Richard DeCamp, The Bluegrass of Kentucky; 1985, pg. 154.

“Widely considered one of the finest mid-nineteenth century classical structures in America.” —Pieter Estersohn, KentuckyHistoric Houses and Horse Farms of Bluegrass Country; 2014, pg. 88 (featured on the front cover).

“Ward Hall … It’s early American classical architecture, Greek Revival and one of the most amazing examples because it hasn’t been tarted up.” —Pieter Estersohn, New York Times interview, 2014.

“Palatial formality and magnificence.” —Talbot Hamlin, Greek Revival Architecture in America; 1944,  pg. 246.

“A short distance from Georgetown, Ky., stands a pretentious house, built of brick, and with a lawn in front sloping to the highway, which never fails to attract the attention of strangers.” —Obituary of Junius Ward, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Monday, 3 September 1883, pg. 2; copied from Turf, Field and Farm.

“It was a veritable palace, surrounded by a fairy garden.” —Descendent Henry V Johnson

“One of the grandest Greek Revival houses north of the deep south.… It’s a nationally important house. To lose this would be black eye for Kentucky.” —Richard Sammonds, Keeneland Magazine, Winter, 2012.

“It is a house that is as arrogant as it is beautiful; as stately as it is old; as proud as it is wise.” —Elizabeth Simpson, Bluegrass Houses and their Traditions; 1932, pg. 293.

“Thomas Lewinski … the epitome of residential architecture of this style is his 1854 design for Ward Hall.” —John Kleber, The Kentucky Encyclopedia; 1992, pg. 29.

“The largest and most ornate Greek Revival style residence in Kentucky and is the epitome of southern grandeur.” —John Kleber, The Kentucky Encyclopedia; 1992, pg. 928.

“The most imposing Greek rural residence in Kentucky.” —Clay Lancaster, Antebellum Architecture of Kentucky; 1991, pg. 229.

“The grandest of all the porticoed and plastered mansions is Ward Hall.” —Mills Lane, Architecture of the Old South, Kentucky and Tennessee; 1993, pg. 158.

“Ward Hall is the unchallenged queen of Greek Revival architecture in Kentucky … Kentucky’s preeminent antebellum Greek Revival residence … One of the finest examples of its kind in the United States … The grandest Greek Revival home ever built in Kentucky … A masterpiece of plantation design … One of the most important structures of its kind in the United States” —Matrana, Lattimore, Kitchens, Southern Splendor, Saving Architectural Treasures of the Old South; 2018, pg. 296-303.

“The best ornamental plaster in Kentucky.” —Rexford Newcomb, Architecture in Old Kentucky; 1953, pg. 85.

“The most fabulous house.” —Rexford Newcomb, Architecture in Old Kentucky; 1953, pg.140.

“The handsomest country place in Kentucky” —The Lexington Observer, September 12, 1867.

Book Details
Author: Bob Willcutt, James Birchfield, Ph.D, Photographs by Bob Willcutt
Pages: 200 pages
Product Dimensions: 9" X 12"
ISBN: 978-1-956027-57-0
Cover Type: Hardcover
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