Thomas J. Bruce House, State Route 8 (south side), Vanceburg, Lewis County, KY
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State Route 8 (south side), Vanceburg vicinity, KY
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS KY-166
Significance: The house is an example of a regional interpretation of the Greek Revival style with exterior elements in the Italianate style. In form, the house follows the sort of modified Georgia tradition seen in the neighboring Fred Carr and John Bierly Houses (ca. 1856-61 and 1892-93). It has a formal main block having a center passage and two main rooms to either side, and a semi-detached rear ell, which is typical of a mid-nineteenth century trend in segregating service and formal functions of domestic space. It also features a double pile plan. Built by the Bruce family in the mid-nineteenth century, the house reflects the importance of this family in this rural community and the tastes and preferences of the local elite. In contrast to the rest of Lewis County, the house reflects as well the affluence of farmers 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
6. FIRST FLOOR, STAIRCASE
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