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?

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

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 mansion.  After moving in, they remodeled the main … 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?