Hazel Hill is a historic residence from the early 19th century, situated in the heart of Kentucky, and is a classic example of antebellum architecture.
Hazel Hill is a historic brick residence built in two distinct parts. The home was constructed by Judge Greenberry A. Gaither, a well-known farmer, county attorney, and local politician of the time. 1 2
The original part of the house is a five-bay, 1½-story building that follows a central passage plan. 1 Constructed in 1832, its design reflects the Federal architectural style. The structure boasts brickwork in Flemish bond style, accompanied by a gable roof fitted with a metal standing seam, all sitting on a stone foundation. The house also features six-over-six sash windows, each accentuated with stone lintels. Adding to its architectural elegance is a row of corbelled brick along the roofline. The main entrance is furnished with a wooden frame door and a transom, equipped with unique sliding pocket doors. On the house’s reverse side is a porch dating back to around 1865, characterized by its Moorish-style arching.
In 1865, a new wing was appended to the building’s east facade. 1 This five-bay, two-story section follows a central passage plan, but differs in style, showcasing Italianate architectural styling. It is defined by its arched four-over-four sash windows, Italianate eave brackets, and original wooden panel doors each topped with a single-light transom.
Inside, the house has kept its original staircases, each embellished with milled newel posts and balusters. 1 Also preserved are the mantels, adorned with Greek Revival architrave molding.
- “Hazel Hill.” Historic Resources of Hardin County, 26 Aug. 1988.
- Haycraft, Samuel. A History of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, 1921, p. 66.