You can see that the tower is now missing, but the rest of the house is pretty much intact, though several windows are boarded up and there are roof issues that will wear this beauty down fast. This would be a fabulously rewarding fixer-upper project for someone.
The bottom house in the atlas etching above is still standing just south of the brick one, too. But it's had an addition on the facade and new vinyl siding (yuck). It hurt my eyes, so I didn't take a photo.
Sardinia has an agricultural history of great wealth directly connected to the construction of the railroad through the town. Although settled in 1835, all the once-grand homes in Sardinia and the nearby countryside date to the 1850s through 1870s, a time when the railroad was king and before "agribusiness" meant confined feeding operations and ownership of thousands of acres. The wealthy of the countryside around Sardinia owned a few hundred acres at most. They made the most of them and the rich land made them rich. Their houses show it and many of those old houses remain, though most have been altered. The one below is still in good shape and probably one of the oldest in the area. She's a beauty, eh?
I continue to be puzzled about the people who build cookie-cutter tract houses when grand dames like these exist all over the place. Decatur County is especially graced with existing brick homes from the second half of the 19th Century. I know it's expensive to restore an old house of this scale, but the $100,000 you might pay for a crappy house in a subdivision would go a long way toward turning a house like the first one into a restored beauty like this one. And it's an investment that helps us retain our history. You should think about it.