Located in Bardstown, Kentucky, the historic Anatok plantation house was built in 1847. By the time you read these words and see the pictures that follow, it may have been torn down. These are photos of its final days, waiting as the wrecking crew guts it, tearing it down, brick by brick. If the current court order is pulled, the house will again face demolition.
|Anatok Mansion, July 15, 2013. The demolition has already begun.|
Historical preservation is a tricky thing to do well, or right, or even in some sort of balanced manner. Not everything old is historic and worth saving, while not everything new is without value or merit. Regardless, once something has been demolished, it is gone. It may be rebuilt or restored, but the building will never exist as it once did. Anatok is going to be gone.
|Dumpsters, being filled with debris. Per the local media, anything of value is being stripped out, for reuse or perhaps resale.|
|The mansion was originally rectangular in shape. An addition was added to its back after 1900, giving it a T shape. The newer part is evident in this photo, as the bricks on it have a brighter red color.|
|Daniel Rudd (1854-1933) was born at the Anatok estate, as a slave. A devout catholic, he went on to form the National Black Catholic Congress, as well as "American Catholic Tribune," a publication aimed at African-American Catholic.|
|Before ordering the demolition, the house was used to some degree by the high school, as evidenced by these chairs piled on the porch.|
|More chairs, stacked on the other side of the same porch. Some deterioration can be seen in this photo, notably the trim and porch roof. While ugly, this can be remedied without too much work.|
|A shot of one of the sides, showing the chimneys and wrap around porch. There are a total of four chimneys on the original section of the house. Note the combination of boarded up and open windows.|
|The original front doorway has been modified, filled in with the a strange modern door and particle board.|
|A close up of the above, showing the rotten wood in more detail. By most accounts, the house is (was) structurally sound, most of the damage being cosmetic.|
|Another view of the addition. Note the metal roof and gabled roof. Unlike houses built today, nearly every inch of the house was utilized for storage or living space.|
|A view into one of the open windows, bordered with interesting brick word. Again, some damage is visible in this shot. The Ouerbacker Mansion in Louisville is in a much greater state of decay, but despite this, people are still trying to save it. Who knows.|
|A final shot of the mansion, as I want to remember it. By the time you read these words, it may be gone.|
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