Belle Brezing was born Mary Belle Cox, the illegitimate daughter of Sarah Ann Cox. Ms. Cox then married George Brezing, whose name Belle adopted. Brezing had one daughter, Daisy May Kenney, who was raised by a neighbor.
Belle's "bawdy house"
Her final and most elaborate "working house" was located at 153 Megowan Street (now 153 N. Eastern Ave). The brothels in the area were shut down in 1915 under order of the US Army since they were considered a distraction for the soldiers in the area. Belle continued to live there until her death in 1940. Her estate was auctioned off over several days. The house was converted into apartments and in 1973 a fire consumed the upper floor. The remaining architectural details were auctioned off. Bricks salvaged from the home were sold to the public with the inscription: "Brick from the Belle Brezing Home - The most orderly of Dis-orderly Homes".
- Brezing also spelled her name "Breezing," and it is occasionally misspelled as "Breazing."
- The defunct Lexington City Brewery produced a beer named for Brezing.
- The Lyndon House Bed & Breakfast on N. Broadway has a room named in honor of Brezing.
- In 2013, the memory of Belle Brezing inspired a new venue in Lexington, Kentucky, Belle's Cocktail House.
For more complete biographical information and numerous photographs see the University of Kentucky Audio-Visual Archives
- Lexington Herald-Leader 9, April 2008 - retrieved June 20, 2008
- Belle Brezing retrieved June 20, 2008 Archived June 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Lexington-Fayette History Page - retrieved June 20, 2008 Archived June 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
4. Wall, Maryjean. Madam Belle: Money, Sex, and Influence in a Southern Brothel. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 2016.
- Thompson, Elmer. I. ("Buddy") Madame Belle Brezing (1983)
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