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Historic Elmwood in St. Matthews, Kentucky was built By Richard Herr is 1856 on a three hundred acre tract. The Herr family originally came to Kentucky as land surveyors and explorers in 1779. Settling in the St. Matthews area, they secured title to thousands of acres. In the following decades the Herr family became prominent plantation owners. The second generation Herr’s built six mansions in the St. Matthews area. Elmwood is one of the four remaining Herr mansions.

The great Kentucky antebellum, mansion that is Elmwood received one of its many honors; in 2007 it was selected to be the Designers’ Show House.   Twenty-six premier Louisville area interior design professionals selected a room, a hallway or a foyer and restored their designated space using their design skill and art to produce absolutely spectacular living spaces.

The first floor of Elwood Mansion has the foyer, library, living room, dining room, sunroom, solarium, two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The fourteen foot ceilings on the first floor have beautiful crown moldings. The lead glass windows flood the rooms with ambient light. The gas fireplaces provide warmth and comfort in the fall and winter months. The kitchen highlights exposed ceiling beams and the beautiful patina of four-exposed brick walls.

The second floor of Elmwood has a private outside entrance and a foyer that leads to the upstairs which consists of a solarium, living room, dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms and two full baths. This second floor is a gallery of great art work. Mary Herbert painted a charming mural on the wall of the second floor landing. Sandy Kimura painted a three-wall mural in the upstairs hallway. The faux painted ceilings, broad ceiling moldings and the many interior design elements throughout the second floor are exceptional in their beauty. The bathrooms have hand crafted woodwork and beaded board wainscoting; the original ash floors of the bathrooms have been fully restored.


Elmwood can be a single family residence or a duplex.

The electric and gas utilities have been separated.

The home sits on a half- acre lot with a three car garage and three separate storage rooms. It has a circular blacktop driveway.

The downstairs unit has a utility room with a stacked front load washer/dryer and a mop sink.

The upstairs utility room has a side by side full size washer and dryer.

The basement at Elmwood has a concrete floor that makes for dry storage. It has a washer/dryer hookup and a mop sink.

New AC system downstairs 2007

New Roof 2009