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Aylesford House, 1944

Posted on October 13, 2014 | in Uncategorized | by
Aylesford House, originally known as Elley Villa,  a Greek Revival residence at 320 Linden Walk, photographed in 1944. The house was built in mid-1850s by John McMurtry, noted Lexington architect-builder, for William R. Elley,  a Mississippi cotton planter who's wife Louisa had grown up in the nearby Pope Villa. McMurtry also designed Ingleside and Loudoun, among other houses.  Several outbuildings and a race course once existed behind the villa. The property passed to John L. Barclay and then to Judge William C. Goodloe, who became owner of the house in the 1860's.  In 1875 St. Joseph Hospital was established there and operated until 1878. General W.T. Withers next occupied the house.  Oliver Perry Alford purchased the property in 1885 and named it Aylesford.  It was occupied by the University of Kentucky chapter, Kappa Alpha fraternity, from 1925 to about 1942, when the chapter folded due to the war.  It is now a private residence.

Aylesford House, originally known as Elley Villa, a Greek Revival residence at 320 Linden Walk, photographed in 1944. The house was built in the mid-1850s by John McMurtry, a noted Lexington architect and builder, for William R. Elley, a Mississippi cotton planter whose wife, Louisa, had grown up in the nearby Pope Villa. McMurtry also designed Ingleside and Loudoun, among other houses. Several outbuildings and a race course once existed behind the villa. The property passed to John L. Barclay and then to Judge William C. Goodloe, who became owner of the house in the 1860s. In 1875, St. Joseph Hospital was established there and operated until 1878. General W.T. Withers next occupied the house. Oliver Perry Alford bought the property in 1885 and named it Aylesford. It was occupied by the University of Kentucky chapter of the Kappa Alpha fraternity from 1925 to about 1942, when the chapter folded because of the war. It is now a private home.

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