Bids are being accepted for three historic properties in Louisville and Jefferson County

September 27, 2017 – Three historic properties purchased as part of the Ohio River Bridges Project are back on the market. Bids are being accepted for the Drumanard Estate and Rosewell property in eastern Jefferson County and the Grocers Ice building in downtown Louisville.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, each property was purchased by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) as part of the right-of-way acquisition for the Downtown Crossing and East End Crossing construction. The properties were previously offered for sale, but did not receive bids meeting state requirements.


Located at 6401 Wolf Pen Branch Road in Prospect, the 53-acre Drumanard Estate includes a historic home with nearly 10,000 square feet, six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and nine fireplaces. The property also includes a guest cottage, a partially finished gardener’s cottage, greenhouse and gazebo.

Even the landscaping surrounding the rolling country estate is historic. Much of the overall landscaping was planned by Olmsted Brothers, a renowned landscape architectural firm, in the early 1900s. Work on the Tudor Revival house was completed in 1929.

An open house will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bids are due before the bid opening on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m.

Grocers Ice & Cold Storage

A historic property in a prime location in downtown Louisville, Grocers Ice & Cold Storage is nestled near Butchertown and Louisville’s trendy and burgeoning NuLu District. The building is more than 44,000 square feet, and is one block from Louisville Slugger Field. The original building dates to 1906, with additions built around 1920 and 1952.

An open house will be held on Monday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bids are due before the bid opening on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 1:30 p.m.


Located at 6900 Transylvania Avenue in Prospect and sitting near the Ohio River, Rosewell was built in the 1820s with a limestone addition added in 1854.

The 7,200-square-foot house includes six bedrooms, four bathrooms and eight fireplaces. The property includes nearly six acres of land.

An open house will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bids are due before the bid opening on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 1:30 p.m.

Sales Information Online

All three properties are being sold by sealed bid, with no minimum bid reserve. All bids must be received before the scheduled bid openings. The Commonwealth of Kentucky reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

Find more information about the properties and sales process at, or contact Mark McCoy, Division of Right of Way and Utilities, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet,, 502-782-4945.


Find more information on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project at