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

Straddling the Victorian and the Avant-garde

YOU ARE HERE -> 1880s-1890s  – Henry Clay’s granddaughter Anne Clay McDowell and her family buy Ashland and proudly inhabit it. 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 … 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 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 … More Ashland as Fin de Siècle Showcase of Sophistication

The McDowells: The Un-Victorians?

YOU ARE HERE -> 1880s-1890s Over the years at Ashland the house museum, there has been a definite fascination with reenacting the gracious lifestyle of the ‘Victorian’ McDowells (c1880s-1890s).  At Christmastime, for special programs, and in costumed functions, the staff and volunteers at Ashland have long reveled in evoking McDowell-era splendor. Henry Clay’s granddaughter Anne … More The McDowells: The Un-Victorians?