The Fate of Ashland After Clay’s Death: Son James Makes a Difficult Decision

YOU ARE HERE -> 1850s In the final months before Henry Clay died in June of 1852, his son James B. Clay promised his father that he would assume the responsibility for Ashland, as Clay had desired.  James and his family planned to occupy the historic estate, but there was a serious problem: Henry Clay’s … More The Fate of Ashland After Clay’s Death: Son James Makes a Difficult Decision

Straddling the Victorian and the Avant-garde at Ashland

YOU ARE HERE -> 1880s-1890s The McDowells performed a dramatic “inside job” at Ashland when they arrived in the early 1880s.  Keeping the exterior and floorplan of the mansion largely intact, they set about updating Ashland’s interior design. The McDowells were the first occupants to photograph the interiors of the mansion.  The modern idea of … More Straddling the Victorian and the Avant-garde at Ashland

Ashland as Fin de Siècle Showcase of Sophistication

YOU ARE HERE -> 1880s-1890s In the early 1880s, Henry Clay granddaughter Anne and her husband Major McDowell transformed the Ashland mansion into a fin de siècle showcase of sophistication as they utilized a mix of decorative styles at Ashland.  Before moving in in 1883, the McDowells remodeled and restored the mansion.  After moving in, … More Ashland as Fin de Siècle Showcase of Sophistication

Straddling the Victorian and the Avant-garde

YOU ARE HERE -> 1880s-1890s The McDowells performed a dramatic “inside job” at Ashland when they arrived in the early 1880s.  Keeping the exterior and floorplan of the mansion largely intact, they set about updating Ashland’s interior design. The McDowells were the first occupants to photograph the interiors of the mansion.  The modern idea of … More Straddling the Victorian and the Avant-garde

Ashland as Fin de Siècle Showcase of Sophistication

See previous post for beginning of this discussion. YOU ARE HERE -> 1880s-1890s In the early 1880s, the Major and Anne McDowell (granddaughter of Henry Clay) transformed the Ashland mansion into a fin de siècle showcase of sophistication as they utilized a mix of decorative styles.  Before moving in in 1883, the McDowells remodeled and … More Ashland as Fin de Siècle Showcase of Sophistication