A look inside Owsley Brown Frazier's $6M estate home


by Claudia Coffey

Kentucky Select Properties

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 4:44 AM

(WHAS11) -- It's an estate like no other in Louisville, the place the late Owlsey Brown Frazier called home. WHAS11'S Claudia Coffey took a tour of the grounds of the estate and saw Mr. Frazier's most treasured furniture pieces.

One foot on the estate of the Avish and you know you are someplace very special. The stately 20,000 square foot manor is the place the late Owsley Brown Frazier called home.

Julie Scott Beam with Kentucky Select Properties took WHAS11 on a private tour of the estate. She is a trusted friend of the family and has the great responsibility of fielding calls and showing the home to potential buyers.

"Because I so admired Owsley Brown Frazier and everything he did , there is a big part of me that wants to honor him with the process. It is a huge responsibility but I am blessed to have it, " said Beam.

Breathtaking is an understatement when describing the estate. It is on 24 acres in Harrods Creek, 6 bedrooms, 9 full baths, an indoor pool, a garden, barn and an arbor. The dining room spans the entire length of the left side of the house.

" A dining room that seats 75 people comfortably for dinner and a grand hallway that will wow anyone," said Beam.

The furniture has since been moved out and some now on display as part of the Frazier History Museum's new exhibit called "Top Drawer 150 years of Bittners."  It features many of Mr. Frazier's favorite pieces. Madeleine Burnside, the executive director of the Frazier History Museum, clearly remembers this sideboard table decorated at Christmas

" It would be a coffee urn and cookies and stuff like that. And a big flower display," said Madeleine Burnside, the  Executive Director Frazier History Museum.

They are pieces as stately as the home itself.

The home is named the Avish after the Brown family's ancestral home in Ireland. It's Gaelic for rocky bluff. It just happens to be perched on a limestone bluff with quick a view of the Ohio River Valley.

Beam says  since the property was listed she's received calls from across the world. One potential buyer with Kentucky roots living in California is flying in next week. She says the new owner will not only get a home but a fabric of our community, a place where decisions that shaped Louisville were made.

"All those people gathered here. Whether is was a fundraiser for Mitch McConnell or a large U of L function . Certainly in a venue like that you are going to have some pretty important conversations that happened right here on these grounds," said Beam.

Click here to view the photos of Owsley Brown Fraizier's estate home.

To see more of Mr Frazier's furniture as well as pieces on loan from notable Louisvillians, the exhibit opens Saturday November 17 through January 1.

Photos and information courtesy of Kentucky Select Properties and WHAS11's Claudia Coffey.