John Bierly House, State Route 8, Vanceburg, Lewis County, KY
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State Route 8, Vanceburg vicinity, KY
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS KY-168
Significance: The John Bierly House is a fine, late-nineteenth century (1892-1893) brick farmhouse located along the Ohio River. Exhibiting a combination of contemporary urban-inspired style and traditional local form, the house is evidence of how architecture is seldom entirely vernacular or entirely academic in inspiration. Almost identical in form to its neighbors, the Fred Carr and Thomas J. Bruce (Hazel Cook) Houses, the Bierly House was constructed more than thirty years after either of them. It features the same L-shape with a formal main block and service ell. It is also two stories in height and uses the same materials, brick and cut stone. Its use of factory-produced porch elements, ceramic fireplace tiles, and Tiffany-inspired lighting fixtures indicates and awareness of architectural styles initiated in urban areas. The large house with its fine details and impressive array of substantial outbuildings has a prominent setting in the fertile valley along the Ohio River.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. NORTH FRONT
2. EAST SIDE
3. SOUTH SIDE
4. WEST SIDE
5. FIRST FLOOR, EAST ROOM, EAST WALL, FIREPLACE DETAIL
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