Bearden Robertson House (Private Residence)
Built by Franklin’s first plumber, this lovely Victorian house deteriorated during the 20th century including during the City of Franklin’s use as a catch-all warehouse for chemicals, tools and paving supplies. Weeks away from razing in 1981, the Heritage Foundation purchased and resold it to the Robertson family who returned it to its former charm. The first time the Robertsons went inside, stray dogs were sleeping on mattresses. Every window was broken, doors and mantels stolen, and holes in the floor made walking hazardous. The renovation of this house and others like it serves to demonstrate the importance and practicality of preserving not only historic buildings of great architectural merit but older buildings of lesser importance that contribute significantly to the fabric of the town’s historic neighborhood character.