This is the third in a series documenting some of Clark County’s abandoned places.
Several weeks ago at the library, I stumbled upon a book called Abandoned Kentucky by Jay Farrell. According to the author, “Abandoned structures are places that open the imagination and invite interpretation. While often overlooked by passers-by, their skeletal remains act as the perfect subject for the camera, quietly waiting to be captured and shared.”
Farrell, a Nashville resident, focused his camera on southern and western parts of Kentucky. The need to seek abandoned structures in Clark County fairly hollered out at me. So with Clare at the wheel and me behind the lens, we were off. With so many targets of opportunity, the results will have to be shared in a sequence of WinCity articles.
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115 E. Lexington Ave.
This building at the corner of Lexington Avenue and Hodgkin Alley is something of a mystery. Erected in the 1940s as an apartment building, it has been unoccupied for many years. The city came close to demolishing it, but last year a new owner started making improvements. At this time, it still appears to be abandoned.
House at Jackson Street and Jefferson
William Gilbert, a Winchester grocer, purchased the corner lot at Jackson and Jefferson Streets in 1907 and built a house on it. In recent years this attractive house fell into disrepair and was abandoned. I took this picture about a year ago. When I went back last week to get an up-to-date photo, I found only an empty lot.
The Redmond House stands about a half mile back off the road to Mt. Sterling (US 60). The Kentucky Heritage Council estimated the oldest portion was built about 1790; they got the house listed on the National Register of Historic Places. That was not enough to save it, however, as it appears to be headed downhill.