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WINTER 2014

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60 WINTER 2014 K KEENELAND.COM if these walls... The house was built in the Federal style, a three-story brick presently measuring 14,004 square feet (with 10,498 square feet above ground) and with fve windows across the sec- ond foor facing Market Street. The frst and ffth windows of the second foor and the frst window of the main foor were constructed as blind bays. Original Federal features included a fanlight doorway and a second-foor Palladian window. The exterior was intended to match the appearance of another residence built, like a bookend, at the southwest corner of Gratz Park: the Hunt-Morgan House, also marking its bicentennial this year. After the Bodley-Bullock house changed hands for the third time in 1834, the fanlight doorway and Palladian window facing Market Street were replaced with a square, Greek Revival porch and pediment. Soon afterward, a two-story portico was added to the north side. The intention was to add Greek Revival features to the building at a time when this architectural style had begun its wave of popularity throughout the United States. The two-story portico on the north side faces the garden, which Minnie Barbee Pettit Bullock lovingly maintained with the help of gardener Frank Ross. Her husband, Waller Overton Bullock, a physician and also a sculptor, crafted a bronze bust of Ross that re- mains on display in the house. A brick wall encloses the garden, which at one time was contained within an iron fence. Buried in the garden is Bozo, the Bullocks' pet dog. Bozo's likeness, sculpted in bronze by Dr. Bullock, can be seen inside the building. The ghost wandering the halls is said to be that of Minnie Bullock, haunting the resi- dence as some say she did during her lifetime. She was a stern teetotaler who absolutely forbade alcohol in the house. This led husband Waller to slip across the road to the Lex- ington Public Library, where he managed to nip a daily drink in secret while reading the newspaper. His fask is displayed on a mantel in the house. Despite her strict manner Minnie Bullock engaged in numerous good works. She earned A view of the Bodley-Bullock House from West Second Street as it looked early in the 20th century Waller Overton Bullock, a physician and also a sculptor, crafted a bronze bust of the family's gardener, Frank Ross. UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY LIBRARIES PHOTOS

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