Gardens to Gables


1-FA-99_019Read about the evolution of Gardens to Gables in this lovely article by Tom Eblen, columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Janie-Rice Brother is an architectural historian, explorer, proud native Kentuckian and farmer’s daughter. She is currently working on a book about historic Kentucky barns with photographer Carol Peachee.

In addition to studying and documenting historic Kentucky architecture (and wherever else her rambles take her), she marvels over country houses and gardens, and spends as much time in England as possible. You can follow her on Instagram to see daily photos of houses, landscapes, and (sometimes) silly dogs. Gardens to Gables is also on Facebook, sharing preservation and architecture stories from around the globe (and more photographs of Kentucky’s historic buildings and landscapes).

Examples of county-wide historic surveys, with an emphasis on rural landscapes, can be found at the following links:

A Survey of the Rural Resources of Crittenden and Livingston Counties, Kentucky (2012)

The Rural Landscape of Casey County: Farms and Crossroads Communities (2011)

Some examples of National Register of Historic Places nominations include:

J.J. Nesbit House, Owingsville, Bath County, Kentucky

The Bell House, Metcalfe County, Kentucky

The Knight-Taylor-Hockensmith House, Franklin County, Kentucky

Forsythe-Shewmaker House, Mercer County, Kentucky

Liggett & Myers Harpring Tobacco Storage Warehouse, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky

Edgewood, Fayette County, Kentucky

All content on this site is the original work of Janie-Rice Brother, unless otherwise noted.

If you are interested in National Register of Historic Places or survey work in your community, you can contact Janie-Rice through the form below or by email at




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  1. Hayward Wilkirson on September 16, 2014 at 11:35 am said:

    Really enjoy this site. Keep up the good work.

  2. Jonna Wallace on October 17, 2014 at 5:43 pm said:

    This is great!

  3. Great blog! Hmmmm…we gotta talk. I own a house called Auvergne in Bourbon County, I am struck by the woodwork detail similarities with some of the photos for the Handy house, I guess its older part. Auvergne is 1837 and am trying to work out in my mind just where the owners/builders were coming from. I have a dormant blog on the farm which I struggle to maintain.

  4. Dennis Webb on February 7, 2016 at 10:17 am said:

    Hi Ms. Brother:

    I read about your blog in Tom Eblen’s column today. He mentioned that the neighborhoods off of Nicholasville Road are some of your favorites. I’m glad to hear that you appreciate these neighborhoods. We have lived on Suburban Court for 25 years and really love this area. Unfortunately, the oldest house in the neighborhood 113 Suburban was recently demolished and a developer is building a vinyl sided student rental. I should have documented the old house or told you about it.

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