Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Patterson Cabin

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Institution Name: Transylvania University
Original/Historic Place Name: Colonel Robert Patterson Log Cabin
Location on Campus: 300 N. Broadway
Date(s) of Construction:
ca. 1778-1780original construction Patterson, Colonel Robert
Designer: Colonel Robert Patterson
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Regionalist/Vernacular, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: fieldstone
Walls: logs
ca. 1780other (single room cabin)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (monument)

The log cabin erected by Colonel Robert Patterson, ca. 1778-1780, may have been Lexington's first dwelling. Throughout its long history the cabin has been moved many times, including a 37 year stay in Dayton, Ohio. It was returned to Lexington in 1939 and presented to Transylvania University. Though taken apart and rebuilt, remodeled and restored several times, the Patterson cabin is a valuable monument because of its unique survival.

Colonel Robert Patterson participated in the founding of Lexington, Kentucky, and Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. He also served as one of the early Trustees of Transylvania College.


Wright, John D. Transylvania, Tutor to the West. Rev. ed. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1980.


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