Former Dennis Bolze Mansion Among Structures Destroyed in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Wildfires (PHOTOS)
Former Dennis Bolze Mansion Among Structures Destroyed in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Wildfires
935 Campbell Lead Road, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States
A towering timber mansion built into the hillside overlooking Gatlinburg, Tennessee is among the lengthly list of structures destroyed by the wildfires these past few days. The 16,512 square foot mountain wonderland was the fairytale home of Dennis and Kathy Bolze who built it in 2006. Dennis was sentenced in August 2010 to 27 years in federal prison for his involvement in a large Ponzi scheme that netted over $21 million. The iconic home that was built with fraudulent money was taken over by the bank and eventually sold to Regions Bank entirely for $1.8-million 2011. The property had been previously auctioned & sold to Gary Spiezio for $1.93 million but fell through when he couldn’t meet the financing requirements. While it’s unknown what became of the house and who was living in it from 2011 and on, it has been confirmed that is was completely destroyed in the fires these last couple days. The home was a masterpiece with a great room featuring a 26-foot tall vaulted ceiling and a wall of windows overlooking Mount LeConte and the valley, a selection of 100 to 150 year old trees scattered throughout including a free-standing staircase wrapping around a 52-inch diameter tree from Brevard, NC, and a truly one-of-a-kind 110-foot long, 42-foot high automobile bridge leading to the home’s showroom garage. The 8.26-acre estate included a 1,200-foot border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park making it a very unique piece of property. Several relief funds have been setup to those affected & displaced by the fires of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Please visit the Relief Fund for NPS & GSMA Wildfire Victims. Sending our thoughts & prayers to those affected by the fires.