- Mayo Mansion
John C.C. Mayo Mansion and Office
Location: 405 Third Street, Paintsville, Kentucky Coordinates: Coordinates: Built: 1905-1912 Architect: Herman Geisky Architectural style: Classical Revival Governing body: Private NRHP Reference#: 74000887 Added to NRHP: May 3, 1974
Mayo Mansion is a historic mansion located at 405 Third Street, Paintsville, Kentucky, United States. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 3, 1974 as John C.C. Mayo Mansion and Office. The mansion currently serves as Our Lady the Mountains School.
In 1905, Mayo began develop plans to build him and his family a new home in Paintsville. He had originally planned to build around a twenty room home, but after visiting several other mansions in central Kentucky, he decided to build a much larger home. After hiring architect Herman Geisky and over one-hundred Italian stonemasons from Cincinnati, construction began in 1905.
Due to Paintsville's undeveloped state, construction of the mansion was not an easy task. Before the foundation could be built, the land had to drained and filled. The sandstone used in the construction was cut and shaped at Thomas Jefferson Mayo's (John Mayo's father) farm which was located across Paint Creek. The sandstone blocks were then transported across the valley from his father's farm to the construction site on an overhead tram, which was about 3/4 mile long. The stone columns were separated into three separate pieces and pulled up Paint Creek during the dry season by at least ten oxen.
At the start of the mansion's construction, Paintsville had not yet received electrical service. Due to this, the original plans called for the use of carbide gas to provide lighting. But toward the end of its construction, it was announced that the city would be receiving an electrical service. The mansion was then wired, allowing it to have electricity. Also, because Paintsville had not received a public water system, water was pumped from a well into a cistern, which provided the mansion with running water. Rain water was also captured from the roof and was channeled into the cistern. In December 1912, after a cost of $250,000 ($5,218,361 after being adjusted for inflation), the three-story, forty-three room mansion was complete.
Shortly after Mayo's death in 1914, his wife, Alice, sold the estate to the Sandy Valley Seminary, which was renamed John C. C. Mayo College. After the college closed due to financial difficulties in 1936, the property and estate were given back to Alice. She then sold the property to E. J. Evans, who was a friend and employee of her husband. In 1945, Evans sold the mansion and property to Most Reverend William T. Mulloy, who was the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky at the time. In October of the same year the Sisters of Divine Providence from Melbourne, Kentucky established Our Lady of the Mountains School, which still occupies the building today.
City of Paintsville Subject areas Top subjectsBig Sandy Community and Technical College • Citizens National Bank • Johnson Central High School • Johnson County Middle School • Johnson County Schools • Johnson County Public Library • Kentucky Apple Festival • Midway College School of Pharmacy • The Paintsville Herald • Paintsville High School • Paintsville Independent Schools • Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center • U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum National Register
of Historic PlacesFirst Baptist Church • First United Methodist Church • First National Bank Building • Foster Hardware • Mayo Memorial United Methodist Church • Mayo Mansion • Old City Hall • Paintsville Country Club • Paintsville High School • Paintsville Public Library Building • H.B. Rice Insurance Building • Francis M. Stafford House
National Register of Historic Places in Johnson County, Kentucky Historic properties
Archer House | Blanton Archeological Site | Jeff Bond House | Dameron Shelter Archeological Site | Daniel Davis House | First Baptist Church | First Methodist Church | First National Bank | Flat Gap School | Foster Hardware | John J. and Ellen Lemaster House | Mayo Memorial United Methodist Church | John C. C. Mayo Mansion and Office | Thomas Mayo House | David McKenzie Log Cabin | Meade Memorial Gymnasium | Mine No. 5 Store | Ben Mollett Cabin | Lloyd Hamilton Mott House | Oil Springs High School Gymnasium | Oil Springs Methodist Church | Paintsville City Hall | Paintsville Country Club | Paintsville High School | Paintsville Public Library | Patterson House | H.B. Rice Insurance Building | Wiley Rice House | Salyer House | Addison Salyer House | Sparks Shelter Archeological Site | Francis M. Stafford House | Stambaugh Church of Christ | Stambaugh House | Judge Jim Turner House | Webb House | Byrd and Leona Webb House | Tobe Wiley House | Williams House
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