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Laidley House  Historic Licking Riverside District 404 Second Street Covington, Kentucky


Laidley House Facing south at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking Rivers, The Laidley House is comfortably situated on the corner of Second and Kennedy Streets in the National Register protected Licking Riverside Historic District in Covington, Kentucky. The Laidley House is considered one the finest mansions in the Historic district. Individually, it is a Kentucky Landmark and it surrounded on all sides by historically significant homes. It is adjacent to the magnificent Mimosa House and faces the original property in the area, the Carneal House, which dates to 1817. Through the years The Mimosa House and The Laidley House have retained all of their original decorative elements and old-world craftsmanship, making them unique quality structures of note worthy historical and architectural signifcance. The Laidley House was built in 1865 after the Civil War and the architecture or style of the house has been variously described as; Victorian with Gothic details, French Second Empire, and Italianate Villa. But whatever it is called, it is an imposing and beautiful three story mansion.

First Floor Just inside the front door is a long rectangular entrance hall with an elaborate parquet floor and a winding staircase to the third floor with its own unusual parquet stair treads. On your right is a Pool Room which is thought to have been a gentleman’s Smoking Parlor and on the left is a large Living Room originally called “The Ballroom”. This Ballroom has a large bay window on the entrance side and wonderful white plaster decorations of morning glories and leaves all around the edges of the fourteen foot ceiling. At the end of the entrance hall are two doors; one is the entrance to the Dining Room and the other is a door to an exterior L shaped porch with heavy carved pillars and balustrade, which has a view of the Ohio River.

The Parlor

Pool Room

The Grand Entrance Hall features 13’ ceilings and large pocket doors leading into the parlor, parquet floors and an “of the period” French newel post light fixture. The Parlor features ornate plaster “morning glory and vine” motif ceiling mouldings, a central white marble Newel Post fireplace and a wonderful bay window with a view of the historic Carneal House.

Entrance Hall

The Pool Room features the original wet bar under the stair case and an ornately carved fireplace.

Dining Room

The Formal Dining Room provides ample room for large gatherings and features the original light fixture, wood burning fireplace and a wet bar. The Kitchen is appointed with custom made cherry cabinets in a design that compliments the house. There are convenient serve through cabinet doors that open into the adjacent Breakfast Room or close to hide the kitchen if desired.


Breakfast Room

Dining Wet Bar

Second Floor Ascending the staircase, a spacious second floor hallway leads to the Master Bedroom and Library. The Master Bedroom features a wood burning fireplace, spacious master bath and rear study. A long back hallway, which formerly served as the household staff ’s access to the sleeping quarters, leads to the rear staircase which descends to the Breakfast Room below. The southern wing of the second floor features a central Library, the Second Bedroom with bath and fireplace and a Sitting Room with a Second Kitchen overlooking the garden.

Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom features a wood burning fireplace and access to the Breakfast Room below via the rear hall. The Master bath features solid cherry cabinets, granite counter tops and built-in curio shelves. The adjoining Master Study offers a quiet retreat and also has access to the rear hall.

Master Bath

Master Study

Master Bedroom

Original Hardware

Rear Hall

Guest Sitting Room & Study

The Guest Bedroom features an unusual brass chandelier original to the house, bath and wood burning fireplace. The Guest Sitting Room & Study features a slate fireplace faux grained to look like marble and an English bronze chandelier with Japanese style figures and motifs. The Guest Kitchen features custom made cherry cabinets and appliance fronts, granite counter tops. The Library features a bar custom designed to match the interior of the house.

The Library

Guest Kitchen

Guest Suite

Third Floor & Cupola Continuing to ascend the third floor opens with a sitting room with an addtional 2 bedrooms adjoining on either side. The staircase continues upward with the final steps to the cupola that crowns the house above.

Third Floor Sitting Room

Bedroom 4

Roof View

The Upper Bedrooms feature spacious suites with private baths. The Cupola offers a fabulous view of the Cincinnati skyline, the Ohio River as well as the surrounding homes in this historical riverside district.

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 4 Bath

Cupola Exterior

Copula Interior

Lower Level Descending from the Breakfast Room the Lower Level is spacious and provides ample storage as well as unique spaces for entertaining or recreation. It is a pristine 2,450 SF space with beautiful stone walls and high ceilings, and includes the original Wine Cellar with built-in wine racks along the wall. The former Root Cellar is perfect for storing garden implements. There is also a walk-out to the garden from northern side of the house.

The Entry A visitor to this house will be first impressed by its setting on the property and its lovely facade. It is surrounded by a stone wall topped with and iron fence and the property is entered through a decorative iron gate. The house itself is orange red brick with a white Kentucky limestone foundation and massive front steps, a limestone trimmed entrance corners and windows.

If you look up as you approach the house, you will see and octagonal cupola sitting on the tip of the colorful slate faced mansard roof like the decorative top of an elaborate wedding cake. After walking up the front steps, you will find yourself at the glass paneled front door inside an intricately carved walnut stained wooden entrance with folding paneled doors and a black and white, checkerboard patterned marble floor.

Western Facade

The Garden

The grounds are surrounded by mature trees providing shade and privacy. The garden offers flowering perennials, “original� hedges and shrubs, and a meandering brick walk that leads to the spacious brick patio that is perfect for entertaining.

View from Second and Kennedy

Brick Covered Patio

View From Patio

The Historic Licking Riverside District

The Historic Licking Riverside District is an urban island that is filled with magnificant homes, mature trees, sculpture, a park, quiet streets and wonderful views of the Ohio River and the Cincinnati skyline. Yet you are only a few minutes from the heart of the city.

Carneal House - 1817

View from the riverside park

Mimosa House - 1850

404 Second Street Covington, Kentucky • Historic Licking Riverside District

For a private showing of this home please contact:

Susan Huff Office. 859-525-5700 Mobile. 859-802-2338 60 Cavalier Blvd. Florence, KY 41042

404 East Second Street  
404 East Second Street  

The Laidley House located at 404 East Second Street in Covington which was build in 1865. This home is for sale. For private showing pleas...