Drumanard, historic Prospect estate that led to new bridge tunnels, for sale

Drumanard, historic Prospect estate that led to new bridge tunnels, for sale
Drumanard is located at 6401 Wolf Pen Branch Road in Prospect. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Drumanard is located at 6401 Wolf Pen Branch Road in Prospect. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

PROSPECT, KY (WAVE) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is selling another historic property in eastern Jefferson County.

Sealed bids are being accepted for Drumanard, a 50-acre estate located at 6401 Wolf Pen Branch Road in Prospect. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The nearly 10,000 square foot main house includes six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and nine fireplaces. The property also includes a guest cottage, a partially finished gardener's cottage, greenhouse and gazebo.

The minimum bid reserve is $3.5 million. Bids will be opened November 3.

KYTC purchased the property as part of right-of-way acquisition for the East End Crossing portion of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. In fact, Drumanard is the reason for the new tunnels leading to and from the East End Crossing.

"A tunnel was the way to not have to take the property physically and impact it," Andy Barber with KYTC told WAVE 3 News in early 2015.

The Olmsted Brothers, world renowned landscape architects behind New York's Central Park and many parks here in Louisville, designed the layout of the Drumanard grounds, gardens, landscaping and plantings per the request of the estate's original owner, William Strater.

Strater purchased the property around the turn of the 20th century. Tragically, Strater drowned in Harrods Creek before he could reap the fruits of his landscaping dream. It wasn't until 1929 that Strater's wife brought her deceased husband's dream to reality and had the estate built for her son, Edward Strater, complete with the Olmsteds' plans.

Two other historic properties were also acquired by the state as part of the bridges project including Rosewell, located at 6900 Transylvania Avenue in Prospect. The more than 7,200 square foot home is also being sold by sealed bid, with a minimum bid reserve of $1 million. All bids on Rosewell must be received before the scheduled bid opening on Monday, October 3.

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