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the saddest house in NYC

Postby 1880 Stick Victorian on Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:22 am

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Re: the saddest house in NYC

Postby Civil War Seamstress on Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:48 am

I hope she haunts their rear ends until they move out!! That house was perfect right down to the last corbel!
If people want to live in a modern house, why don't they just buy one and leave the old stuff alone???

I can imagine what they did to the inside.... brrrr... :cry:
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Re: the saddest house in NYC

Postby housecrazy sarah on Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:39 pm

Yeah, just saw this today - it's pretty deplorable. Reading all the comments on different blogs about it is kind of disheartening to me. Yes people are upset (rightfully so!) but it seems a lot of people also hold up the owners individual rights as being superior to the historic preservation of a house.
I strongly disagree.
I think if a house is that old and special it should have some rights of it's own, rather than being at the mercy and whim of some tasetless human with a big wallet who comes along and buys it.
Does that make sense? :(
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Re: the saddest house in NYC

Postby GothicHome on Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:00 pm

I certainly hope some one who really needs all that original wood work was able to get it. To have it go to the land fill would be the ultimate slight to what was once a fine old home.
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Re: the saddest house in NYC

Postby kathyd on Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:32 pm

How horrible. I can't imagine why anyone would purchase a gorgeous home like this, then do something like that, for any reason.
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Re: the saddest house in NYC

Postby DRJR on Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:00 pm

What a shame. :(
It looks like a typical pimped out starter mansion that you would find here in CT. :roll:
Little ranch house. With a leaky roof, dead fireplace, and rotting siding.
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Re: the saddest house in NYC

Postby housecrazy sarah on Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:27 am

There's some feirce debate going on about this poor house on different blogs around the 'net -- I'm surprised more people haven't weighed in on this forum! (maybe OP should post some before & after pics along with the link to give a visual?)

I've written my own opinion on my blog but I'll give an excerpt here:

The house was beautiful. It had soul, it was loved. It was a historic treasure and has been around a lot longer than you or I. Yes, I agree that individuals should be able to express themselves any darn way they please and I don’t believe in conforming to societal standards. (I’m a go-against-the grain type of gal, afterall.)

HOWEVER, I do strongly believe in my heart of hearts that this house was wronged, and hey, houses have feelings too!

In my humble opinion, this home was denied its inalienable right to peacefully exist. A long-standing historic item like this – which has seen two Worlds Wars, The Great Depression and countless other episodes of history should have some rights of its own that supercede the individual rights of a Homo sapien whose subjective tastes and whims vary like puffs of fleeting smoke.

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http://www.house-crazy.com/the-great-de ... rs-rights/
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Re: the saddest house in NYC

Postby JRC on Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:31 pm

I literally became sick to my stomach, as I saw what they did to that house. And they were so thorough, as if they were trying to spite the previous owner!
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Re: the saddest house in NYC

Postby cberhomengarden on Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:37 pm

Unfortunately this happens a lot here in NYC. Somehow there's a whole class of people with a whole lot of money to spend, but with terrible taste in architecture & no regard for the neighborhood character.
It is very sad.
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Re: the saddest house in NYC

Postby Josiecat on Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:12 pm

That is terribly sad. Clearly these people didn't want an old house at all. Why did they even buy it? I don't even want to see what they did to the inside. :cry:
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