Abandoned Kentucky Gilded Age Castle Finds Buyer

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  • Sale Details:
  • Date Sold: May 22, 2020
  • Sale Price: $78,101
  • Initial Asking Price: $49,500 (April 2020)
  • Location: Harrodsburg, Kentucky
  • Status: Sold after being listed for less than a week
  • Property Details:
  • Address: 712 W. Lexington Road, Harrodsburg, Kentucky
  • Size: 10,500 square feet of living space
  • Land: 2.96 acres
  • Features: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • Original Construction Year: 1890
  • Foreclosure Status: Listed in foreclosure, ultimately leading to sale

Architectural Significance

  • Commissioned By: Colonel Daniel Lawson Moore for his second wife, Miss Minnie Ball, in 1890
  • Architecture Style: Romanesque Revival
  • Notable Aspects:
  • Regarded as the most significant example of Romanesque Revival architecture in Central Kentucky and the most luxurious residence in Mercer County.
  • Construction spanned over five years, completed without a known architect.
  • Comparable in architectural significance to the Theophilus Conrad house in Louisville.

Construction Details

  • Materials: Limestone and brick, with the front facade entirely made of stone.
  • Design Features:
  • Each stone block meticulously tooled with ribbing or bush-hammering, set with pink mortar.
  • A veranda with large semicircular arches supported by polished granite pillars topped with intricately carved limestone capitals.
  • Octagon-shaped ends on the veranda, including a four-story tower on the south side topped with an entablature and parapet.

Real Estate Journey

  • Previous Listings: More than $1 million, with over forty acres of land.
  • Current Listing: Before the sale, the property was divided into two lots of 2.96 acres each, sold with the main house.

Call to Action

  • Posted By: Todd Hyatt and Lois Ann Disponett Real Estate
  • Contact Information: (502) 839-7409
  • Encouragement: Sharing the listing to breathe new life into the historic property, including viewing pictures of its past and current state.

Condition of House in around 2010: