LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville is selling a historic mansion so it can be used for a mentoring program for men of color.
The Doerhoefer-Hampton House in the Russell neighborhood will be sold to local nonprofit Theta Omega Inc. for $50,000. The mansion is located at 2422 and 2424 West Chestnut Street.
"They're going to do about $165,000 in repairs to the porch and the roof and the elevator and the other features of the building," Louisville Forward Assistant Director, Laura Ferguson said.
Theta Omega Inc. plans to renovate the house to use as its headquarters, and to provide a meeting space for the local Omega Psi Phi fraternity chapter.
"We are excited that Theta Omega plans to restore the historic mansion and reimagine it as a place where young men can learn important life lessons and residents can gather," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, in a statement. "This project aligns with the city's mission to ensure that the people of Russell not only have a say but also play a role in the development of their neighborhood."
Officials say it will be used as a place where young men can learn important life lessons.
"It is time for us to have our own place, and the Doerhoefer-Hampton House is in an absolutely magnificent property," said Audwin Helton and Lester Sanders of Theta Omega Inc, in a joint statement. "We are committed to making a difference with the students in our Men of Quality Program and the neighborhood as a whole."
The Doerhoefer-Hampton house was built in 1882 and the city bought it at auction in 1978.
"It was used by Louisivlle Metro in connection to health services at one point," Ferguson said.
“It's big structure,” neighbor Noel Langdon said. “It's probably over 100-years-old. It's a fixture in our community and I believe it needs to be rebuilt and restored. It has a lot of history."
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