HARRODSBURG - Harrodsburg First board members and representatives from other organizations in the city were shown several options for the design of a floor plan for historic Diamond Point.
The city's Main Street program has acquired the house and hired Belcan Engineering Inc. to design the restoration of the home built in the 1840s. Architect Isaac Gilliam, who designed the renovation of Walnut Hall, industrialist Ralph Anderson's Mercer County home, is now working on the Diamond Point project.
Gilliam led a tour of the exterior of the house, pointing out the work on the 7,000-square-foot structure's roof and to the square columns on each end of the front porch. Two round columns remain inside the square ones.
The outer columns were in such bad shape that they were removed, and an unpleasant surprise was discovered. The two brick columns were sitting on a 2' x 2' solid square stones and those large stones were sitting on smaller rock that was loose. Gilliam said the replacement of that foundation with concrete will cost more than the board had planned.