Frankfort, KY 1910
Designed by Wright in 1910, restored in 1992, and located in the historic Kentucky river town of Frankfort, just two blocks from parklike gardens surrounding the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion and Capital, the Zeigler House offers an enduring example of Prairie architecture. Original design features characteristic of Wright’s architecture include ribbons of art glass windows, dining room and living room cabinets with art glass doors, the original color scheme, hardware and sconces, cantilevered balconies, interior and exterior horizontal lines, and wide overhangs—all anchored by a central Roman brick fireplace. The distinctive back-lighted cabinet above the fireplace is unique to this house. The main level includes a living room, dining room, butler’s pantry and kitchen. A three-season glass-enclosed porch adjacent to the dining room offers tranquil views of a backyard inspired by the work of landscape architect Jens Jensen, a contemporary of Wright. The upstairs level includes four bedrooms: a master bedroom with fireplace, sitting porch off the master bedroom, a bathroom, and a large secluded deck reaching the canopy of mature backyard trees. With one exception, all first- and second-floor rooms are directly accessible to the outdoors, reflecting Wright’s theme of bringing the outside in. The finished lower level includes a full bath with jacuzzi and walk-in shower, laundry room, an office or additional bedroom, a large closet and unfinished storage.
Just over an hour from Cincinnati and midway between the progressive cities of Lexington and Louisville, Frankfort provides a gateway to the Bluegrass Region with spectacular horse farms, the picturesque grounds of Keeneland Race Course, the Kentucky Derby pageantry at Churchill Downs, national and international equestrian competitions at the Kentucky Horse Park, University of Kentucky events, outdoor adventure at the Red River Gorge, numerous first-rate venues for the performing and visual arts, the Bourbon Trail and much more.
The Zeigler House is on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a top 10 Kentucky architectural site in 2013. It has been carefully maintained since the 1992 restoration.