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   GATTON MANSION ON FIRST STREET IN BATH, ILLINOIS

Thank you, Gladys Hyde, for identifying this mansion for us!
Gladys sent in this picture and some interesting facts about the house.

Also known as "The Brick House", this mansion was built by Major Benjamin H. Gatton, the founder of Bath. It was said that Mr. Gatton has so many servants, he had a cupola built on top of the house so he could watch over them as they worked in the fields. There are nine major rooms and at one time, a coffin grand piano was in the living room...supposedly played by Abraham Lincoln.


What a shame this magnificent mansion is going to ruin! There are abandoned cars and trash everywhere. What a sad sight to see...

    Click on thumbnails for a larger image...
Photos by Janine Crandell
 

Front View

Side View

   
   

Closeup of Side View

Back View

   
   

Closeup of Back Porch

View of rotting wood


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