Homes in Covington, Kentucky

Home in Covington, Kentucky Kennedy House Kennedy House
The Old Stone House belonging to Thomas Kennedy said to have been erected in 1791 on Second Street between Garrard and the Licking River, facing the Ohio River to the north.
History of the Kennedy House.

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Home of Jesse Root and Hanna Simpson Grant, parents of Ulysses S. Grant
Built in 1850; the Grants bought it in 1859.  518 Greenup Street, Covington.
Jeffrey Marks is the award winning author of the US Grant Mystery Series, and
has written an article on The Grants in Kentucky.  Read it here.


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  The Amos Shinkle Mansion, 165 East Street, Covington
 Who was Amos Shinkle? Find out here.
After Shinkle's death, the building was donated to the Salvation Army in 1914. 
They tore it down and erected the first Booth Hospital on the site in 1920.

Shinkle House

“Col. Amos Shinkle has contracted for the building of a residence for himself, on Second street, between Garrard and Kennedy, in Covington, Ky., which is expected to cost between $100,000 and $200,000. The cellar alone will cost $12,000. The work has already commenced.” from the Daily Courier, June 6, 1868

The boys from the “Working Boys home” go on an outing to Fort Thomas.

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1910 1913 c. 1910

  The Oldest House in Covington, Ky. built c. 1798.
 This house stood on West 9th, between Banklick and Russell.

  “If the wishes of Miss Fannie Manser, one of the leaders in civic and humane work are carried out by the City Commissioners, the old log cabin, which it is claimed, was utilized as a tollgate at Madison Avenue and Pike Street when Covington was but a mere hamlet, will be placed in Devou Park. It is now located at Ninth and Russell Streets and is the property of Billy Boro.” from Cincinnati Enquirer, July 28, 1914, thanks to Mary Seifert Kaiser for sending it to me.

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Home in Covington, Kentucky Home in Covington, Kentucky Home in Covington, Kentucky Mimosa House
Row Houses,  standing
today, at 15th and Madison,
a.k.a. Motch Flats
The Graziani House The Rodgers Mansion, a.k.a. the Porter-Fallis-Lovell
Home, a.k.a. the Mimosa House. E. Second Street 


Motch Home Covington Residence
The Motch Home for sale
1553 Madison,“in the residential district”
419 Garrard Street, 1927

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Covington Protestant Children's Home  
The Covington Protestant Children's Home was constructed on a large tract of land at the southwest corner of 14th and Madison Avenue. The building contained dormitory space, a large playroom and a chapel. The building could comfortably house fifty orphans. Amos Shinkle financed the purchase of the lot and the construction of the building. The total cost of the project was $53,000. In 1887, an endowment was established to continually finance the operation of the home. Amos Shinkle again came to the forefront and offered to match all other donations. Noted architect Samuel Hannaford (external link) did the design.
The Children's Home Annual Report, from 1903, is here (pdf).
The Mary Ann Mongan Library in Covington has all of the Childrens' Home's records online.

Edwards Home

Edwards Home, 1896
n.w.c 15th and Greenup

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Home of Dr. J. D. Collins, c, 1900
1038 Madison
from the Facebook page of
Covington Kentucky Vintage Postcards
The Home the Rev. Adolf
Rupprecht, c. 1914
338 E. 17th
Note St. Ben's on the left
Boyd/Hiles Home at
6th and Philadelphia
Currently the home
of Lawrence, P.S.C.
from the Old Seminary Square Facebook Page


1937 Flood

This Covington was home pretty much destroyed in the 1937 Flood


Flying Saucer

Finnish Architect Matti Suuronen built a hundred or so of these 13 foot high, 26 feet in diamater flying saucers he called Futura Houses. One beamed into Botany Hills 1976. The official (?) Futura Home web site is here. photo by Justin Dahan, September 26, 2015


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“This house was taken off of its foundation from Lewis & Baker Streets to Covington Ball Park during a tornado.”  July 15, 1915     This one's still standing at 2736 Madison on Old Decoursey, c. 1870.  The house was owned by Fairchilds at that time.  Thanks to Dora Tello for the picture.


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The First Covington's Women's
 Club, 33 East 12th Street.
A little history is here.
Railroad YMCA Building
 standing today on Madison,
south of 16th.  Read about the
Grand Opening, here.
Preview of the I.R.S. Site
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“From the first of April to the first of October of the present year, there were sales of real estate in Covington to the amount of one million dollars - scarcely a fourth on speculation, but chiefly for building purposes.  Covington is going up.  Let her ascend!” from the Louisville Courier, October 8, 1853

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Old Ladies Home, Covington
At 7th & Garrard; the newer building is from 1904; as opposed to the older building in the “two-fer” card
. . .a personal note, here.

A little history on the Ladies Home is at this site.

Scott Street

Home of Edward and Marguerite Moore, with the pony Major
1014 Scott Street, c. 1903
From a Facebook post by Walter Maloney



An 1896 storm blew roofs off these and other houses. Details.



38 W. 4th Street. Home to, among others, the Trame Family
From a Facebook post by Carol Sanman


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The home of a Covington Riverboat Captain

Fred Fischer Residence


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618 Main Street Fifth Street, c. 1977


Home in Covington, Kentucky Home in Covington, Kentucky Carneal House
Carneal House, c. 1938, 1981, 1927
It's also known as the Gano-Southgate House. This house was built in 1815 on land purchased from Thomas Kennedy. It was the first brick house built Covington.  The story that Lafayette stopped here is likely not true, but Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay and Daniel Webster did.  There's a tunnel that leads to the river, but it likely was not used as a path of the Underground Railroad. More on the Carneal House is here.

Riverside Riverside
Pendery-Solar House, July 20, 1969 from Riverside Drive

Caneal House Suspension Bridge


Carneal House
Riverside and Garrard
Second and Garrard, 1967
sketches by Caroline Williams


VonHoene Bldg

North on Sandford, towards 4th, 1949
From a Facebook post by Jacque Chinnery


VonHoene Bldg

VonHoene Building, Main and Pershing


Shinkle Row Home in Covington, Kentucky Home in Covington, Kentucky
Shinkle Row Houses, 1973, 1967, 1981

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We have lots more residential scenes on this page: October 14, 1973

The second sale of Covington lots. 1815.

We have no idea why the National Park Service would create a pdf with pictures of 131 different Covington residential scenes, all nicely documented, from 1983, but they did. And it's here.

It says here that the the first house in Covington was built by Ellison Williams, a Dan'l Boone pallbearer.

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Home in Covington, Kentucky Duveneck Home

Frank Duveneck's birthplace;
12th and Greenup in Covington.
Frank Duveneck (October 9, 1848 – January 3, 1919) may be Covington's most famous son. 
 A world renowned artist, you can find more about his work at this site.
You can get a short biography of Duveneck here.
 You can see collections of his paintings at both the Mary Ann Mongan Library
 in Covington, at Fifth and Scott, or at the Cincinnati Art Museum, in Mount Adams.


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Looking West on
Kentucky Avenue
from Craig St., 1930
Boyhood home of
Daniel Carter Beard
1603 Greenup,
c. 1940

These four residences are on the National Register of Historical Places complete with photo's, history, and maps.

Daniel Carter Beard House J. D. Hearne House
Emery Row on Scott St. Patton-Carlisle House


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Southwest corner of Greenup
 and Third, March 22, 1981
Kenny's Parking at 224
Greenup, March 22, 1981



Golden Tower Apartments, on 11th

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The pdf's in the set below are all the work of Mr. Chuck Bricking, who published Covington Heritage in 1980.  The book covers virtually all of Covington's landmark homes, and gives both biographical and architectural information on each.  Good stuff.
Albert Koett
 515 Russell St.
William Devou
Dan Beard
322 3rd St
Benjamin Graziani
326 E. Second St
J. D. Shutt
26 West Sixth
John B. Nienaber
327 Riverside Dr.
Jonathon David Hearn
end of 5th Street at the Licking River
Robert Knox Sumerwell
nw corner of Russell & Covington
John R. Coppin
where the 9th district school is in Latonia
Charles McLaughlin
321 Riverside
Richard Pretlow Ernst
401 Garrard Street
Thomas Sanford
1026 Russell
John White Stevenson
4th and Garrard
Harriet Albro
1041 Russell St.
William E. Ashbrook
1010 Russell
John G. Carlisle
1533 Garrard
Haven Gillespie
509 Montgomery
Frederick A. Laidley
404 E. Second Street
412 East Second St.
Ranson Home
201 Garrard
Ignetious Droege
1213 Greenup
William Wayman
18 E. Fourth Street
Jess Root Grant
518-20 Greenup
Thomas Kennedy
at the foot of Garrard
Daniel Henry Holmes
Holmes High School site
405 E. Second Street
Charles S. Fisk
1011 Russell
Amos Shinkle
East Second Street
  John Flavel Fisk
13 West 11th Street

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Living Room




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Dining Room

Master Bedroom


These are from a 1954 pictorial feature on a home in Kenton Hills belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wooton.  Note the view of downtown Cincinnati in the porch scene in the upper left. The Wootens were one-time owners of the Town and Country Restaurant on Dixie Highway in Park Hills.
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