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The Judge Joseph Holt Home

Holt House

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The Judge Joseph Holt Home and Holt Chapel were placed on the National Register of 
Historical Places
in 1976

                                                


 

The once forgotten Holt Home is now making its mark on history known. This house was once home to Judge Joseph Holt, one of the most prominent people in all of Kentucky. The Holt Home considered the "home" in its day holds a vast amount of history. 

The Joseph Holt Home, a three-story brick structure, is located on State Highway 144 one mile west of Addison, Kentucky. The home is situated in a grove of trees on a plain, with the Ohio River in view to the north. The western two-thirds of the home may well date from 1850, but the east wing and trim seem more characteristic of the 1870s. The home has many features of an Italianate villa.

Over the windows are cast iron lintels: flat lintels on the first story, pedimented over shallow arches on the second floor. An unusual feature is the Palladian windows in the gables, which have continuous entablatures that curve up into central round arches, and the sills seem clasped into the wall. The Palladian windows are not only more plastic that is, sculptural than the other openings, but they seem out of scale They are diminutive but rich, while the windows are long and attenuated with skimpy ornamentation. 

Another peculiar feature is the way the dormers break the bracketed cornice. They seem to perform a double function as attic windows (often between paired brackets within the cornice itself) and dormers on the roof. Over five bays of the front extends a very finely ornamented cast iron porch with a projecting central bay. 

The walls of the house are 14" thick. The ground floor has three 20' by 22' rooms with 14' ceilings. Another 20' by 22' room used as a kitchen and dining room extends off the back of the house. The second floor has three 20' by 22' rooms with 12' ceilings. The third floor is the same only with 10' ceilings. Between each of the three rooms on each floor there is a 12' hallway with a winding staircase that extends to all three levels.

The rear ell has porches on both sides and there is a two-story porch with exterior staircase on the back of the main block.

The slave quarters that were located behind the kitchen have been removed. The house has been vacant for several years and is has deteriorated.

Through the relentless efforts of Susan B. Dyer to bring awareness of the historical importance of Judge Joseph Holt and the Holt Home to people all across Breckinridge County, Kentucky and all across the nation the home will be undergoing a complete restoration.

The Holt Home was purchased by the Breckinridge County Fiscal Court in 2008 with funding secured from the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Kentucky Heritage Council. The restoration project volunteers have secured grants to go toward stabilization and restoration of the home. The project was awarded a  $150,000 Save America's Treasurers Grant and a $500,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant in 2012. 


 

"The Judge Joseph Holt House is the only remaining home of Judge Joseph Holt that tells the complete story of the Lincoln Conspiracy Trial"

David Morgan

David Morgan
Retired Executive Director 
Kentucky Heritage Council State Preservation Office

 

 






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