Loudoun House, in Lexington's Castlewood Park, is owned by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Division of Parks and Recreation, and leased by the Lexington Art League. Built in 1852 by New York architect Alexander Jackson Davis, for Francis Key Hunt (a relative of Francis Scott Key and member of Lexington's prominent Hunt family), Loudoun House is one of five remaining castellated Gothic Revival villas in the United States. It was named for "The Bells of Loudoun," Mrs. Julia Warfield Hunt's (Francis' wife) favorite song. The mansion, now the flagship gallery and headquarters of the Lexington Art League - Central Kentucky's largest and oldest visual arts organization - is listed on the National Historic Register, and was remodeled in 1984, and fully restored in 2003. The villa's brick exterior has been painted to match the original white. The window arches are made from Kentucky limestone, and the interior walnut woodwork features small gargoyles and other original molding. Some of the original, enameled glass panes, created by Bolton Glassworks of Pelham, NY, and featuring stylized grape and oak leaf designs, remain intact. Self-guided tours of the gallery and house are always welcomed, Tuesday - Friday, 10a - 4pm and Saturday 1p-4p. Loudoun House admission is free and open to the public.
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