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This unfinished Victorian Mansion will make you want to break out the tool belt

The historic home in Old Louisville is currently on the market.

A yellow, brick, Victorian mansion stands in a snow covered yard.

This home on 3rd Street in Old Louisville once was home to a veteran from the War of 1812.

Photo by John Reeves, courtesy Derek Inghram

Last week, we told you about Old Louisville’s 1,400 Victorian homes — the largest contiguous collection in the US — but one place in particular was just so intriguing we had to take a closer look.

The house at 1528 S. 3rd St. is currently on the market, listed for $500,000. The property features a main mansion — which oozes charm but could use a little TLC — and a carriage house. Here are the specs:

The main house, built 1903:

  • 4,928 sqft
  • Three floors
  • Eight bedrooms
  • Three bathrooms
  • 11 fireplaces
  • Copper roof
  • Stained glass windows
  • Ornate staircase with intricate details
A fireplace sits in a room that has deteriorated.

The unfinished mansion at 1238 S. 3rd St. features 11 fireplaces.

Photo by John Reeves, courtesy Derek Inghram

Carriage house, renovated ~2009:

  • Two one-bedroom apartments
  • 3,383 total sqft

According to the listing, the home was built in 1903, but it’s likely that parts of it are much older. Kristen Reifsteck, a neighborhood resident + interior designer who’s done extensive research on the area, says there has been a home on the property since at least the 1870s — making it one of the oldest in Old Louisville.

A wooden staircase wraps up the walls.

The ornate staircase winds up all three floors of the home.

Photo by John Reeves, courtesy Derek Inghram

The land on which the home stands was originally purchased in 1868 by Thomas Batman, a veteran of the War of 1812. In 1897, John & Mollie Hayes purchased the home and installed a window portrait of their daughters, Agnes and Angela, which remains in place today.

A stained glass window sits over a piano in a mansion that dates to at least 1903.

Agnes and Angela Hayes lived in the home around the turn of the 20th century, and their portraits have remained in this window ever since.

Photo by John Reeves, courtesy Derek Inghram

Since it hit the market back in January, the mansion has garnered a lot of attention. It’s been featured by Cheap Old Houses, a newsletter + TV show coming to HGTV this month.

Interested in seeing more of this Old Louisville Victorian fixer-upper? Watch a video tour of the property or request an in-person walk-through.

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