Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Patterson Cabin

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Institution Name: Transylvania University
Original/Historic Place Name: Colonel Robert Patterson Log Cabin
Location on Campus: 300 N. Broadway
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
ca. 1778-1780original construction Patterson, Colonel Robert
1939relocation Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: fieldstone
Walls: logs
Roof: none specified
ca. 1780other (single room cabin)
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (monument)

Significance: architecture, history
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The log cabin erected by Colonel Robert Patterson, ca. 1778-1780, may have been Lexington's first dwelling. Throughout its long history the cabin has been moved many times, including a 37 year stay in Dayton, Ohio. It was returned to Lexington in 1939 and presented to Transylvania University. Though taken apart and rebuilt, remodeled and restored several times, the Patterson cabin is a valuable monument because of its unique survival.

Colonel Robert Patterson participated in the founding of Lexington, Kentucky, and Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. He also served as one of the early Trustees of Transylvania College.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Wright, John D. Transylvania, Tutor to the West. Rev. ed. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1980.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections, Unknown
—details: Archives, Transylvania University.

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