'Historic' home in Indian Hills will likely be demolished

'Historic' home coming down?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The house that sits on a hill on Blankenbaker Lane is nearly 100 years old and could soon be demolished into a pile of rubble. 

It's a blighted structure built in 1924 that's being called historic. It's not historic, said Ken Harrington, who lives next door. 

 

Its called the John Walker Moore House in Indian Hills.  Its recently been named a local landmark, but Harrington thinks its more of an eyesore. 

Ken Harrington lives next door to the John Walker Moore House in Indian Hills and says the local landmark is more of an eyesore. 


If you've been to these wonderful cities like Charleston, Williamsburg, and Philadelphia, you have these beautiful houses that are indeed historic.  If one of my friends came to Louisville and saw this house that has been deemed historic, it would be absurd.  They would mock us, he explained. 

Louisville Metro's Landmark commission voted to classify it as a local landmark in July, because experts said it matched seven out of nine criteria to be considered so. 

Now the owner of the home, Murray Butch Turner, wants to tear it down and build a subdivision. That
s something that could not happen, unless Metro Council voted to overturn the Landmarks Commission decision, which they ultimately did. Councilman Brandon Coan is on the Landmarks Commission and disagreed with the vote.

We gave a full and complete due process to this building, as all receive, we carefully deliberated, we voted, there's evidence of record to support our decision, our decision is not clearly erroneous, it's not arbitrated, it's not outrageous, I don't think there's any legal standard for this council to reverse it, he explained. 

Turner told WHAS 11 News that the home has been vacant for over a decade and has become infested with raccoons. He said he
s pleased with the decision by Metro Council.  Construction of the subdivision has already started. 

Metro Council can still appeal the vote.  Turner is waiting for the process to be over so he can tear the home down. 

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