Hughes House

St. John’s Episcopal Church
Versailles, Kentucky

Client: St. John’s Episcopal Church

Scope of Services: Feasibility Study, Condition Assessment, Abbreviated Historic Structure Report, Code Analysis and Schematic Design

The Hughes House is a community landmark, a fine example of mid-nineteenth century Gothic Revival style of residential architecture. It is of wood frame construction and two stories in height. It occupies a prominent corner location with extensive land on three sides. When the last occupant resident left, the congregation acquired this handsome house next door to the church to save an important local building and to consider incorporating it into the church complex.

JKOA assessed the church’s needs and the suitability of the site and the handsome house in the context of local building code. Building archaeology revealed additional characteristics of the historic house design. From this information, a schematic design was prepared which included: conversion of the upstairs of the house to church offices, conversion of the first floor to reception rooms, a catering kitchen, handicapped accessible restrooms, and event dressing rooms. The large flat yard between house and church was designed to accommodate outdoor events. The natural incline of the hill behind the house was converted to an amphitheater.

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