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County: Kenton

Senator Richard P. Ernst (1858-1934) / Ernst Mansion

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405 Garrard Street, Covington

Born in Covington, Ernst was a lawyer, banker, philanthropist, & women’s-rights proponent. Leader of the Covington YMCA for 42 years, he was a member of the Kenton Co. Bar Assoc. & Industrial Club. U.S. Senator, 1921-1927. Camp Ernst founder. Died in Baltimore 1934, interred Highland Cem., Fort Mitchell, Ky.

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Built for the John Matson family c. 1890, the mansion was the residence of Sen. Richard Pretlow Ernst, 1906-1934. A brick version of Richard Shaw’s Queen Anne with High Victorian Gothic or Neo-Grec elements. Home served as the Flannery Hotel, 1937-1975. Placed on National Register of Historic Places 1975; renovated 1982.

Dedicated April 15, 2005.