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Photos: Historic Covington Home of 19th Century City Leader Hits the Market

William E. Ashbrook had quite a career in business and politics during his time in Covington.

He also built a beautiful home that will hit the market this week.

Born in Clark County, Kentucky in 1820, Ashbrook moved to New Orleans when he was 23 to begin work as a stock broker. By the late 1850s he had relocated to Kenton County where in 1858 he was elected Sheriff as a Democrat.

According to Covington Heritage, a 1980 book about the city's history by Chuck Bricking, Ashbrook took over Covington's stockyards (on Russell Street between Fifteenth & Sixteenth Streets) when the Civil War broke out. His father had long been in the stockyards business. According to the book, Ashbrook spent the rest of his life in Covington.

He served ten years on city council, four years as water works commissioner, and in 1882 was elected Director of City National Bank.

According to the Kenton County Library, Ashbrook built the Denison Hotel at the corner of Banklick and Fifteenth Streets. That structure caught fire in 1870, suffering serious damage. A number of guests were forced to jump from windows to escape and two were severely burned.

Ashbrook collected $4,800 in insurance money from the fire, the Library notes.

He and his wife, Mary Gage Owen, and their five children lived in the family home, built around 1860 at 1010 Russell Street. The three-story brick home was built in the Italianate style in a newly developed part of Covington for the well-to-do. It is now known as Old Seminary Square.

Ashbrook died in 1882 while visiting his brother-in-law, W.G. Larrimore, in St. Louis. The funeral took place at the Russell Street home with Reverend W.H. Felix of the First Baptist Church presiding. His body was then transported to Linden Grove Cemetery where services were conducted by members of the International Order of Odd Fellows.

The Ashbrook Hits Market

Now the home at 1010 Russell Street is known as The Ashbrook and that historic 150-year old building is for sale.

The towering 5,300-square feet single family home will be listed at $595,000. It has been fully restored and mechanically updated and features a two-car parking garage and additional space for a total of ten vehicles. The site is also zoned both residential and commercial.

There are four bedrooms, three full baths, and three half baths.

Rebecca Weber is the listing agent.

The River City News got an advance viewing of the listing and here are some photos from inside this Russell Street treasure: