Posted with permission of WKU Alumni Relations. Originally appeared in WKU Spirit (Fall 2011): 24-31.


Designed in 1957 by architect James Maurice Ingram for Mayor Clifford Lampkin, the home at 1700 Chestnut Street has been used as the Western Kentucky University (WKU) President’s home since 1977. Using archival and anecdotal sources, this article examines the history and folklore of this executive domicile as well as its occupants. A sidebar contains information about previous presidential homes at WKU.


Architectural History and Criticism | Higher Education

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The WKU President’s Home at 1700 Chestnut Street, Bowling Green. Courtesy of Special Collections Library, WKU