Preservationists urge county not to demolish old Main Street house

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

A May 8 e-mail message from Judge-Executive Teresa Barton saying Franklin Fiscal Court plans to demolish a building in downtown Frankfort and build a courtyard/green space there has some local preservationists rushing to stop it.

The historic bluish-gray Goodman House, built around 1820 and now owned by county government, sits vacant and deteriorating at 329 W. Main St.

Barton's message was a reply to Roger Stapleton, coordinator of the Kentucky Main Street Program and chairman of the Frankfort Architectural Board.

The back part of the building, which had deteriorated to the point of being a safety hazard, was demolished in the summer of 2001.

Stapleton's May 5 e-mail message to Barton said, "Although demolition was completed on the back followed with stabilization of the exposed section, I am now concerned about the rear corner and its disrepair along with the lack of any investment to improve the property."

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