Charming Lexington Historic Home

Kentucky Botherum House Exterior
Photo: Caroline Allison

Tour the historic Botherum house in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. The home was built in 1851 and has been given new life by owners Jon Carloftis and Dale Fisher.

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The Exterior

Kentucky Botherum House Exterior
Caroline Allison

Built from Kentucky limestone and situated on a lot nearly an acre in size, Botherum is the largest residential property in downtown Lexington.

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The History

The Botherum in 1952

Built in 1851, the landmark was designed by John McMurtry, a prolific 19th-century Kentucky architect. The home, named Botherum, was commissioned by Kentucky attorney general Madison Conyers Johnson, one of Abraham Lincoln's confidants.

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The Kitchen

The Botherum Kitchen
Photo: Caroline Allison

The portrait over the mantel depicts a young Abraham Lincoln, a friend of the original homeowner.

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The Drawing Room: 1954

The Drawing Room 1954

The room is one of the two large public rooms with the original 20-foot-high octagonal plaster ceilings.

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The Drawing Room: Today

The Drawing Room Today
Photo: Caroline Allison

Today, a mirror over the fireplace is surrounded by the original plaster morning glory frame. The graphic sofa is a reupholstered junk-store find.

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The Dining Room

The Dining Room
Photo: Caroline Allison

The dining room's pale blue walls are painted Sherwin-Williams' Aqua Pura. After lots of searching, Jon found the 7-foot round table in a favorite antiques shop in Lambertville, New Jersey. Made in 1872, it came out of a Philadelphia hunt club. The 1950s dining chairs probably came from an office boardroom. The blue-and-chocolate Stark carpet was custom made for the space.

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The Guest Room: 1954

The Guest Bedroom Before
Photo: Caroline Allison

The guest room originally served the home as a library.

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The Guest Room: Today

The Guest Bedroom Today
Photo: Caroline Allison

The mirror is on "permanent loan" from Lexington's Longwood Antique Woods. The taxidermy comes compliments of one of Jon's brothers.

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The Garden

The Botherum House Garden
Photo: Caroline Allison

Outside, Jon removed about 70 trees and saplings shrouding the house but was careful to keep a mammoth ginkgo tree that statesman Henry Clay once gave to the original owner.

"People were skeptical about removing any of the trees, but we had to have light—we're garden people," Jon says.

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