c. 1855 Italianate in Franklin, KY – $155,000

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Added to OHD on 3/25/21   -   Last OHD Update: 4/16/21   -   19 Comments

301 N Main St, Franklin, KY 42134

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  • $155,000
  • 4606 Sq Ft
  • 0.25 Ac.
Charming & historic 1880's property! The "Duncan House" is a work in progress with much demolition work completed (down to studs/brick)! A blank canvas awaits-interior brick walls, high ceilings, vintage features, period staircase, fireplaces & generous rooms. Front/side porches, arched exterior architecture & brick/wood exterior add to the character. Property borders two streets & alley-includes parking, is on the historic register & zoned Commercial B-1. Please see associated docs for more data.
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Jack Wade, Coldwell Banker / The Advantage Group
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19 Comments on c. 1855 Italianate in Franklin, KY – $155,000

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12498 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The black and white photos came from the 1982 NR Nomination form.

  2. ErickHErickH says: 91 comments

    The poor, poor thing. So sad to see its insides ripped out and stripped of all its interior character and details.

  3. TXJewelTXJewel says: 362 comments
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    1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
    Strawn, TX

    Wow, It all seems a little overwhelming (to me, anyway). What can be done to fix the interior brick walls and what may have caused the damage in the first place? Just curious if anyone can give me their opinion. This place could be absolutely stunning if done correctly.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3481 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      I agree, for me it would be too overwhelming. Hopefully there’s someone out there who will take it on and do a good job of it.

    • JimHJimH says: 5578 comments
      OHD Supporter

      I don’t want to speculate but old masonry can fail and leave you with a pile of bricks. This house needs a thorough structural inspection before anything else. The price seems ridiculous for a gutted shell of a house in this condition. It’s heartbreaking!

  4. JonJon says: 128 comments

    My family used to go to the lake every summer, and we’d drive through Franklin to get there. The downtown is one of the nicest/prettiest/small-town-iest I’ve seen. I think the town even has a drive-in movie theater!

  5. MichaelMichael says: 3250 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    “with much of the demolition work completed” I have to ask, who determines weather it has to be torn out or left alone? If it’s someone who properly restores old homes, I could live with it. If it’s someone who flips homes…..well…..best left unsaid. How much of the original fabric has been lost? It’s a striking building, at least on the outside but the interior looks to have lost so much of the same character!

  6. DmflaskDmflask says: 52 comments
    1939 Spanish Eclectic

    “Down to studs/bricks!” it says. Like that’s a selling point. No self-respecting Victorian would have bare brick walls in their house. It’s like living in a barn. And how do you keep it clean? I blame Nicole Curtis. 😄

  7. Angie boldly going nowhereAngie boldly going nowhere says: 783 comments
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    I loathe that phrase “a blank canvas” because it usually means a house has been gutted beyond recognition. I fail to see why someone would buy an old house, rip the interior out and replace it with who knows what. If a person wants to buy a house, buy one that is already “a blank canvas” insofar as it’s never been lived in as opposed to tearing the heart out of a 166 year old home. Being on the “historic registrar” doesn’t seem to mean a lot, certainly not in this case.

  8. Jason DanielsJason Daniels says: 58 comments
    Lexington, KY

    Nicole would never do that. She might have one small area in the kitchen like that. But one small spot, not even a whole wall. This is more like someone on HGtV who is into the industrial look would do. Which I guess is what you would have to do to this house now unless you want to put all new studs, drywall, and woodwork in it.

  9. chris32chris32 says: 101 comments
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    Canton, GA

    This house looks so forlorn to me. I had some hope when I saw that beautiful wrought iron railing, but hope certainly diminished at the phrase “blank canvas”, and it was totally dashed when I scrolled through the interior pictures. A house like that needs a beautiful lot and a charming garden. I’m sad.

  10. RCurtChinniciRCurtChinnici says: 5 comments
    1865 Victorian
    Philadelphia, PA

    Looks like a flipper trying to create the “American Farmhouse” style got stuck after demo, maybe ran out of money. You can tell by the “reclaimed” wood on the wall in the kitchen that we’re trying to create that HGTV style. So sad that they gutted it since the 1982 pics seem like the house was in good shape.

  11. lahodllahodl says: 19 comments
    mid century Jacksonville, FL

    It’s unfortunate that it was gutted to the studs. However, I was surprised at the rustic beauty seen within. I love the floors and all the brick. It is not reflective by any means of a traditional Italiante beauty, but it could be turned into something cool like a restaurant/gallery with the owners able to live in the upstairs. I see it in an antiquated Tuscan style. It’s a labor of love for sure, and I am surprised by how intrigued I am by it. I’d love to finish this!

  12. RossRoss says: 2434 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    What a fascinating, strange house.

    A very simple yet elegant Italianate “updated” with fancy wood additions (porch, bay, etc.).

    That bay looks like it fell from the sky onto the house!

    While the gutting is unfortunate, I see a lot of extant trim and numerous mantels in respose against walls. I think this would be an exciting project to take on!

  13. KarenBKarenB says: 336 comments
    1885 KY farm center chimney cape style

    I was prepared to do some oohing and aahing when this rolled up. Saw the interior and it didn’t happen. I couldn’t tell much about it as it stands after the interior has been taken apart. It’s only a guess but the price may be indicative of it being a prime commercial location. One has to wonder what it once looked like and if they saved much of the woodwork.

  14. woeismewoeisme says: 161 comments
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    1990 suburban
    Vacaville, CA

    I’m about to commit restoring heresy, I would actually keep the brick visible. I would have to know the condition of the mortar. The warm feel of brick is something I’ve always liked. The fact that its a Italianate is a plus for me. I lived in one in NYC in the 70s. I’m familiar with what the interior is supposed to look like, but I could do without the plaster as long as I could replace or reproduce the wood trim.


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