History meets community

Loudoun House – caputured by Sadye Mascia

By Mackenzie Clark

Castlewood park is one of Lexington’s oldest. There is a  lot of history in the Castlewood neighborhood. It is home to the famous Loudoun House, which was bought by the city in 1920. This historic building is considered one of the largest and most finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in Kentucky, according to Castlewood’s website. It is one of only five remaining Gothic Revival villas left in the U.S., and is listed on the national Register of Historic Places.  The Loudoun House was home to Francis Key and Julia Warfield.  It was completed in 1852 and cost over $30,000 at the time. It is currently home to the Lexington Art League.

The grounds of the park were also purchased in 1920 and turned into Castlewood Park and Community Center. Castlewood Park is home to a lot of neighborhood attractions. There is an aquatic center, community center, playground, tennis and basketball courts, and baseball fields. The Castlewood Community Center is one of seven community centers owned and operated by Lexington Parks & Recreation.

There is more information about the Castlewood neighborhood on their WordPress website (https://castlewoodlex.wordpress.com/) and the city of Lexington’s website (http://www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=2122).

Currently happening at the Loudoun House is the Lexington Art League’s winter exhibition, Artist:Body. There is going to be a Drawing Class on March 19th from 1 to 5 p.m. and a Curator Conversation on March 25th from 6 to 9 p.m.

More information on what is happening in the Castlewood neighborhood and the LAL coming soon.





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