Historic Frankfort home up for grabs at auction

State Journal staff report, Published:

The state is selling the historic Hoge House — home to an appeals court clerk, a U.S. Army colonel and a longtime state treasurer from 1825 to 1865 — to the top bidder later this month.

The Finance and Administration Cabinet announced the sale Friday in a news release. The Division of Real Properties will unseal bids at 11 a.m. Jan 22 for the 2,560-square-foot red clapboard house at 302 Wilkinson Blvd.

Potential bidders can visit the site 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and 2-5 p.m. Jan. 15.

Jacob Swigert, a county court judge and clerk of the Court of Appeals of Kentucky from 1825 to 1858, is the earliest owner of record, according to the Division of Historic Properties’ website. Swigert sold the home in 1855 to John Hanna, who in turn sold it one day later to Thomas Crittenden, who served as consul to Liverpool, England, state treasurer and a colonel in the U.S. Army, according to the website.

Crittenden sold the house to James H. Garrard, grandson of Gov. James Garrard, in 1859, the website reads. James H. Garrard represented Clay, Letcher and Perry counties at the 1849 Kentucky Constitutional Convention and was elected to his fifth term as state treasurer days before his death in 1865, according to the website.

The state bought the property from a private seller in 1973 and has housed various state offices in the building since, most recently the Commission on Military Affairs, according to the cabinet’s press release.

Additional information on the bidding process and photos of the home are available at http://finance.ky.gov/services/statebuilding/Pages/PropertiesforSaleorLease.aspx. 

For questions and bid forms, contact the Division of Real Properties at 502-782-0360 or jason.martin@ky.gov.

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