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Dismantling of the The Dr. L.C. Nell home, Gradyville, KY.

On Sunday, January 14, 2007, the Scott Bros.--Gary and Tony-- began the dismantling of the Dr. L.C. Nell home in Gradyville, KY.

Materials were and are being offered for sale, the brothers said. They expect the house to be on the ground in two weeks.


A number of photos were taken, and they follow as they are added.

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Scenic Adair County: The Dr. L.C. Nell home, Gradyville, KY



2007-01-16 - Gradyville, KY - Photo By Linda Waggener.
It was the home of one of the most revered men in Adair County history. Now it is coming to the end of its time. Gary Scott recently bought the one-time home of Dr. L.C. Nell in Gradyville, KY. Dr. Nell was a physician, state representative, and one of the most powerful political leaders in Adair County history. The house and one-half acre on which it stands was recently purchased by Gary Scott, right, who had its demolition to this stage on Sunday, January 14, 2006. Upstairs is Gary's brother, Tony Scott. The materials in the building are being carefully removed and offered for sale. Gary Scott bought the property from Leroy Parson, who had unsuccessfully sought assistance to preserve the house for its historical significance. Gary Scott will place a manufactured home on the land after the house is removed.

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Dr. L.C. Nell home at Gradyville: Insulation contains history



2007-01-17 - Gradyville, KY - Photo By Linda Waggener.
As the L.C. Nell Home at Gradyville was being dismantled, the Scott Bros. discovered history on the walls. Newspapers were glued to the planks of the boxed walls before wallpaper was applied. This patch shows an early advertisement for a Studebaker Champion four-door sedan. The price appears to be $660, or maybe it was $1,660.

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Dr. L.C. Nell home at Gradyville: View from upstairs window



2007-01-17 - Gradyville, KY - Photo By Linda Waggener.
This is the view toward the historic downtown Gradyville business district from an upstairs window in the Dr. L.C. Nell home. KY 80, the Edmonton Road, is on the left. The darker, narrower strip is the now blacktopped road to Old Gradyville and the location of the major businesses of Dr. Nell's day.

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Dr. L.C. Nell home at Gradyville: A beautifully silvered outbuilding



2007-01-17 .
Time has left this outbuilding beautifully silvered; decades of oxidation have left an appealing rust pattern. The view is from the upstairs of the old Nell home which for ages has dominated the intersection of KY 80 and the Old Gradyville Road. Materials from the building were being offered for sale when the photo was taken.

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Dr. L.C. Nell home at Gradyville: Feese Motors ad



2007-01-17 .
Tony Scott shows a newspaper substrate on the wall of the Dr. L.C. Nell house. The ad for Feese Motors was on an old Campbellsville Central Kentucky News edition which was used to smooth and insulate the walls of an upstairs room in the Dr. Nell Home. This would have been added recently, maybe no more than 40 years ago. Feese Motors was owned by Willie Matt Feese, who now lives in Campbellsville, KY, and was located in the building now occupied by Steve McKinney's Adair Automotive, the Columbia NAPA dealer.

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Dr. L.C. Nell home at Gradyville: Proximate to Parkway



2007-01-17 - Gradyville, KY - Photo By Linda Waggener.
Gary Scott, and Tony Scott right, peer out between the rafters of the partly log back section of the Dr. Nell Home. The silver ribbon which can be seen through the barren trees is the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway. The honyock in the center carrying the old newspaper is a reporter for ColumbiaMagazine.com.

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Dr. L.C. Nell home at Gradyville: Side view



2007-01-17 - Gradyville, KY - Photo By Ed Waggener.
This west side view of the Dr. Nell home gives an indication of the size of the house.

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Dr. L.C. Nell home at Gradyville: Some details in the log portion of house



2007-01-17 - Gradyville, KY - Photo By Linda Waggener.
Tony Scott peers down from the high second floor on the back of the Dr. L.C. Nell home in Gradyville. At this stage, the dry stone masonry under the big sleepers forming the undergirding of the house, the big logs and chinking, and the intricate woodwork in the door are worth remembering.

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Dr. L.C. Nell home at Gradyville: A solid stairwell



2007-01-17 - Gradyville, KY - Photo By Linda Waggener.
The Nell home had a beautiful, and still solid, stairwell. Though local carpenters considered the old building beyond repair, the stairwell was one part which was good as new, and in very good shape.

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Dr. L.C. Nell home at Gradyville: Back stoop illustrates dilemma



2007-01-17 - Gradyville, KY - Photo By Linda Waggener.
This view at the east side, back of the Dr. Nell home illustrates the beauty of the home, even in its decay, but also indicates the economics of the decision to tear the building down. Restoration would have been beyond the ability of any but the wealthiest owners.

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Dr. L.C. Nell home at Gradyville: Bigger outbuilding



2007-01-17 - Gradyville, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
A bigger outbuilding on the Dr. L.C. Nell home property, beautiful as a ruin but no longer of practical value, is scheduled for demolition, too.

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