Like many of Lexington’s historic homes, this Greek Revival landmark was built as an I-House (Plantation Plain) by William Baldwin and evolved with the needs of its subsequent owners. The columns and portico were added just before the Civil War, by Swepson Cox; the hip roof is thought to have been added at that time, as well. Dr. Bernard Chedell was a longtime resident, as was the Hugh Callaway family. [Variant names include the Cox-Chedell-Johnston House & the Chedell-Broach-Titus House].The Johnston, Broach and Titus families have also called this beautiful house home over the years. Linda Titus Parish, the present owner, has done a great job of maintaining the historical integrity of the property.
L. D. Andrew photographed the home and a dovecote on the property in May 1936, for the Historic American Buildings Survey. I assumed it was gone, but owner Linda Titus Parrish notes: “When we purchased the property in 1976, the original dovecote/carriage house had been turned into a one car garage with storage and a manger added behind it. It still exists, without the dovecote, and is now used as storage and a workshop area with a new tin roof“. Photographs Courtesy Library of Congress.
Lexington Historic District, National Register of Historic Places