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2014 PLACES IN PERIL: KOLB STREET HOUSE, MADISON, MORGAN COUNTY

THE STORY
Built circa 1850, the Kolb Street house sits on 900 acres adjacent to property once owned by the Madison Steam Mill. An example of vernacular Greek Revival, the building boasts a curious combination of Georgian and I-House floor plans on the first and second floors respectively. During 1862 the house was used as a prison camp for Union soldiers who were captured during the battles of Shiloh and Murfreesboro. Later the property was used as a Confederate hospital and the house was occupied presumably by Confederate doctors. Following the war the property was used as a farmstead.

THE THREAT
The house experienced deferred maintenance over the past several years and is in great need of roofing and structural repairs. Vandals have entered the house, destroying windows and causing considerable damage to the interior. A large outbuilding located on the property was also burned.

THE STRATEGY
Work with local partners to stabilize the structure and encourage its inclusion in plans for the development of trails, as the Madison Greenspace Commission has identified the property as part of a potential trail system and has interest in including the house and surrounding property as part of the system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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