As our inaugural “Demolition Alert,” Demolition Alert I: David George Jr. House in Concord, New Hampshire, we now bring a sad update that the house is in the process of being demolished. From the Concord Monitor: “Union Moves on Demolition Plan”
The State Employees’ Association has started demolishing the former home of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, turning down a late offer from a Hopkinton man aimed at saving the 1802 building on North Main Street.
Diana Lacey, the union’s president, said yesterday that internal demolition at 205 N. Main St. is under way, but she didn’t know the timetable for taking down the building. The union hasn’t said what it plans to do with the land; Lacey said it could be used for future development or sold.
They are moving forward despite receiving an offer to purchase part of the building for restoration:
Lacey said the union wasn’t interested in an offer from Robert Wilson, a retired oral surgeon who lives in Hopkinton. Wilson offered to pay the group $125,000 for the building, allowing the union to keep the rest of the property for itself. The SEA paid the league $420,000 for the property this year.
Wilson had proposed preserving and renovating the front portion of the building but razing the portion in the back and the barn. He said yesterday that Sheerr McCrystal Palson, a New London architectural firm, was interested in moving its offices into the rehabilitated building.
Frankly, we are particularly perturbed by this statement made by the SEA representative:
“We’re interested in the property,” Lacey said at the time. “We’re not interested in the building.”
How interested would they be in the property if it wasn’t surrounded by a vibrant community due, in (large?) part, to the historic fabric that attracts people to the area? Tear all that historic fabric down then that vibrancy fades and the value of their property.
Check out the google map below to see how fragile that historic fabric already is in that part of town . . . essentially this will wipe it out on one side of the street.
For more historical background and picture of the house, see this story from the Concord Monitor: “Demolition Possible for 209-Year-Old Building”