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Pope Villa on Grosvenor Avenue in Lexington, built 1811-1813, was designed for Sen. John Pope by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, America’s first great architect who helped design the U.S. Capitol. Pope Villa showcased Latrobe’s ideas for a “rational” American house. Much altered and abused before a fire in 1987, the house was bought by the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, which has slowly been taking it back to the original design. Photo by Tom Eblen | teblen@herald-leader.com



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