The yellow house at 1213 Greenup Street

Over the summer the staff of the Local History and Genealogy Department will be posting a blog to go along with the stops for our virtual walking tour A Rainbow of Kenton County Houses. The blogs will highlight local history and genealogy resources available at the Kenton County Public Library, in-depth looks at the history of the property or its inhabitants, and/or research strategies.

This beautiful house, built in the Federal style (with a Queen Ann style front porch) was constructed in the late 1850s by Ignatius Droege. Ignatius was born in 1828 in Germany and immigrated to the Covington area in 1849. He used his skills as a blacksmith to procure work in one of the area foundries. Married in 1853 to Maria Anna Schmidt, Ignatius and his wife first set up housekeeping in a home on 12th Street between Scott and Greenup.

The couple soon needed a larger home to accommodate their growing family and constructed the house on Greenup. At the time that the family moved in, March 1860, the house was one of the only homes on Greenup. A closeup of the 1877 Atlas of Covington, which the Library digitized and made available from our web site, shows the Droege home before the additional rooms and the lovely Queen Anne-style front porch was added.

Mr. Droege eventually went into business with various partners over the years. His company became known for their cook stoves and home implements. The Library’s collection of city directories includes listings for Mr. Droege and his businesses. Here are examples from 1868 and 1874.

Ignatius Droege fathered a total of fourteen children, five with his first wife and nine with his second wife, Antoinette Kohrman, the half-sister of his first wife. Ignatius died in 1910 and is buried, along with several family members, in St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

This blog was written by Elaine Kuhn, MLS, of the Local History and Genealogy Department at Covington. If you have any questions about researching a historic property or genealogy research please email us at

Watch the virtual tour of the yellow house on Youtube.

The next virtual tour stop will be on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 @ 2 PM on our Facebook and YouTube page. We will look at the history of 1222 Russell Avenue, a green house.

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