The Multi-Colored House at 703 Bakewell 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 house has strong ties to the history of the block and neighborhood. In 1897, Clement Roemer his young family, and his widowed mother Mary Agnes Roemer were living at 703 Bakewell Street. Herman Roemer, the father of Clement and husband of Mary Agnes, was a German immigrant who moved his family to the neighborhood in the 1850s. A brick-mason by trade, Herman was very successful, and developed several properties on Bakewell Street.

Herman Roemer helped establish St. Aloysius Church. The church was located just across the street from 703 Bakewell. Founded in 1865, St. Aloysius Church served the Catholic residents of the neighborhood until 1985 when it was destroyed by a fire caused by a lightening strike. The church was not rebuilt and today is a empty lot.

703 Bakewell Street was located directly across the street from St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Kentucky Sanborn Fire Insurance Map, 1949, page 18. Visit our research tools page to find the Kentucky Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps database.

The Local History and Genealogy Department has records for St. Aloysius Church available on microfilm. The microfilm contains baptism, marriage, and death records. You can also find an index to the baptismal records in our geNKY database in the Church Records Index.

Baptismal record for John Clements Roemer, son of Herman Roemer and Mary Agnes Heitmann at St. Aloysius Church on August 2, 1868 (line 7).

If you are interested in researching more about your house or ancestors the Local History and Genealogy Department located at the Covington Branch is open to help you with your research! If you’d like to make an appointment or reservation please call us at (859)962-4070 or email us at

This blog was written by Cierra Earl, Library Professional, Local History and Genealogy Department at Covington.


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