Tennessee panel to vote on adding two properties to National Register, removing a third in Grundy County

Immediate Release: May 6, 2019

Tennessee panel to vote on adding two properties to National Register, removing a third in Grundy County

A Tennessee review board later this month will consider four state properties for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places — and vote on the de-listing of a home in Grundy County.  The John A. Patton House in Grundy “has lost the qualities for which it was listed,” according to a news release from Claudette Stager, the deputy state historic preservation officer. The Patton House now exists only as a set of stone steps, Stager said Monday.

“The house is gone,” she said. “Just as in listing a property, we have to notify the property owner, present the removal before our review board, and then forward the information to the National Register.”

The house, located on Roddy Creek Road in Coalmont, was listed in the National Register on April 1, 1987, Stager said. John A. Patton was “a prominent person in Coalmont’s development. The Patton House was also listed under Criterion C for its architectural significance representing the Craftsman style.”

The Tennessee Historical Commission became aware of the house’s status in February.

“Stone stairs leading up from the road remain, but there is no other above-ground evidence of the house’s existence,” historical commission officials said in a document of the need to remove it from the registry. “Aerial images and tax records indicate new construction on the lot.”

The Tennessee State Review Board’s 13 members also will vote at their Nashville meeting on May 22 on nominations for Hardwick Farms in Bradley County, Ebenezer Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Marion County, the Charles H. Lawhon Cottage in Knox County and the Ripley Fire Tower in Lauderdale County.

The board is comprised of members with backgrounds in architecture, American history, archaeology, related fields and those representing the public.

Nominations that meet the criteria for listing will be sent for final approval to the National Register of Historic Places in the Department of the Interior.

[source: Timesfreepress.com]