Saturday, September 1, 2012

Graham-Stephenson Home Damaged by Fire

Smoke bellowed from the rafters above the porch of the Graham-Stephenson home on September 1, 2012.  Quick work by local firefighters helped to contain the blaze to the attic.  An unidentified person at the scene helping with cleanup, reported that "everything is under control."  Although the dwelling developed an infamous legacy in the 1920s, as the home of D.C. Stephenson, the Grand Dragon of Ku Klux Klan, it began life with the Graham family.  The Grahams were pillars in Irvington and very involved with local charities.  For a brief stint, the house served as home for a local Butler University sorority.

Update:  Local media outlets are reporting that the blaze started when the homeowner attempted to burn a nearby pine tree.  The fire then spread into the home.

Fire-damaged eaves at 5432 University Avenue

D.C. Stephenson Home in 1925

Kappa Kappa Gamma Home in 1920.  Stephenson would add the huge columns.  

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