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Rankin-Roberts House or Patterson House embraces its sidewalk setting in Georgetown's East Main Street Historic District. The two-story brick house, painted white, occupies a rubble foundation and has a low-pitch attic. The house is four bays wide and one-room deep, with a two-room deep two-story frame ell. A transverse hall connects the brick and frame sections and has its own main stairway. The deep windows have hood molds with modillions and dentils and a moderately deep overhanging eave, also with modillions and brackets. There is a two-story bay window on the east end of the house with windows of similar patterning. The entrance is located in the second bay and includes a door with sidelights and transom which is sheltered by a balcony carried by consoles with teardrops. The balcony floor is surrounded by iron grill work. The house is entered by three stone steps with antepodia. Floors are a mixture of ash and poplar.
Remaining in the yard is a two-pen timber frame slavehouse with end chimneys and a very tall smokehouse. Its western end may date to the early Kentucky period and may have served as a schoolhouse for Miss Hewitt. The house was renovated in 1978 with a matching grant from the Kentucky Heritage Council. A formal garden that once graced the building's side and back yards has been expanded by the college into an arboretum.