Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


President's House

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Institution Name: Bellarmine University
Original/Historic Place Name: Edgewood
Location on Campus: 3605 Glenview Ave
Date(s) of Construction:
1870original design
1905addition of wrap-around veranda and Palladian window
1915addition of two-story north wing
n.d.gardens planted Leland & Halderman
Designer: Leland & Halderman
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Victorian, Colonial revival (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, history, landscape
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Walls: brick covered with white clapboard
Roof: low-hipped
ca. 1870private residence (family estate, summer home; family established horse breeding farm in area)
2000-present (2006)president's house (also used for campus gatherings and events)

The President's House of Bellarmine University (Edgewood) is a Victorian structure that was built in 1870. The area, near bluffs over the Ohio River, was used as a summer home district by prominent Victorian Louisville residents, and also was the vicinity of a post-Civil War horse breeding farm.

The main block of the original house is two and one-half stories with a five bay façade, small rectangular attic windows, and a low-hipped roof. Its exterior walls are eight-inch solid brick covered with white clapboard. The Palladian window and the wide column wrap-around veranda were added ca. 1905. A two-story north wing, in Colonial Revival style, was built about 1915.

This structure has served as the University President's House since 2000 and is now also used for multiple University gatherings and events.


President's Office Archives. Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY.


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