The Franklin County Historic Trust has announced five locations in the county it considers the best opportunities for preservations.

“These places offer the next owner an opportunity to preserve important historic places in Franklin County while preserving the places that help create our community identity,” said Eric Whisman, president of the trust.

All of the properties are currently for sale, and some are eligible for tax credits based on their historic status.

Bald Knob School

Included on the list is the old Bald Knob School at 285 Flat Creek Road. In addition to its classes, the school served as a community center for more than 60 years until Westridge Elementary replaced it in 2003, Whisman said.

The 28,000 square foot school has 18 classrooms, a gymnasium, a cafeteria and a garage. 

Whisman said while the school is not listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is likely eligible for inclusion, as similar buildings in the county have been listed. 

“If listed, the building could qualify for up to 40 percent federal and state preservation tax credits for rehabilitation,” Whisman said.

The property is currently for sale by Bluegrass Realty. 

Samuel South Warehouses

Closer to downtown Frankfort are the Samuel South Warehouses, located on East Broadway near the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.

For sale by the Kentucky Commercial Real Estate Alliance, the warehouses were originally built to store goods used at the then-nearby state prison in the 19th century. They were also used by local industries because of their close proximity to the railroad tracks.

Since then the structure, divided into four buildings making up a total of 38,000 square feet of space, has held numerous businesses, Whisman said. 

The building is listed as a contributing member in the National Register of Historic Places and qualifies for state and national rehabilitation tax incentives.

Fairview Farm

Also known as the Blanton-Crutcher Farm, the Fairview Farm in Jett was built in 1796 and later renovated in the 1880s. The 110-acre farm has early outbuildings, two ponds and tobacco and equestrian barns in addition to the historic house.

The farm is for sale by the trust itself, and while the house will require some rehabilitation to fix damage done by a roof leak, it qualifies for a 30 percent owner occupied tax credit incentive to help offset costs.

The Hoge House

Constructed about 1810 on Wilkinson Street in the Corner in Celebrities historic district, the Federal-style house was saved from demolition and sold to the state and served as the headquarters for several agencies including the Commission on Military Affairs.

Although several alterations have been made to the house in it’s time as a state office, it retains some historic features and is listed on the National register of Historic Places, making it eligible for a rehabilitation tax credit.

The house is for sale by the Kentucky Division of Real Properties.

The Fincel House

Located on Cove Spring Road to the right of the entrance to the park, the Fincel House was built in 1925 using local Kentucky River marble.

The interior of the home was altered to serve as a Montessori school for more than 20 years, but has been vacant for several years. 

The home is not listed in the national register. However, Whisman said the building could be eligible. If so, the owner could receive tax credits to help cover the cost of restoration.

The property is for sale by Bluegrass Realty.

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