Demolition Alert I: David George Jr. House in Concord, New Hampshire

We will be starting a new running series here at Northern New England called “Demolition Alert.”  This will be an effort to help save historic buildings from the wrecking ball as soon as we get wind of such a devastating loss.  Of course, we can’t do it alone so we encourage our readers to send in any news that we can repost as a demolition alert.

This demolition alert comes to us via the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance’s facebook page referencing this article from the Concord Monitor: “City Building to be Demolished: No One has Come Forward to Save it.”

The State Employees’ Association plans to demolish the 209-year-old building next to its headquarters on North Main Street, despite appeals from preservation advocates to consider saving the historic structure.

Diana Lacey, the union’s president, told the city’s Demolition Review Committee last night that the SEA wants the land at 205 N. Main St. but doesn’t see any compelling reason to retain the deteriorating house there. It has been the headquarters of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen for 65 years.

“We’re interested in the property,” Lacey said. “We’re not interested in the building.”

The converted farmhouse was built in 1802 by David George Jr., a hatter and for several years the town of Concord’s postmaster. The building later served as a tavern and inn, remaining in the family for more than a century, according to historical records . . .

The Demolition Review Committee – a three-person subcommittee of the Concord Heritage Commission – can delay the demolition of a building it deems significant for 49 days and hold a public hearing, as it did yesterday. But the committee doesn’t have any power to prevent a demolition, even if it opposes the plan.

Members of the committee last night urged the union to reconsider razing the early 19th century structure.

Surely there is someone out there willing to save this historic building . . . any takers?  Please hurry, as the article seems to indicate only 40 or so days left before they can demolish the building.

Addendum:  Technically this is not our first Demolition Alert as we alerted folks to the forthcoming razing of the old library in Richmond, Maine to make way for a new library.  Alas, the building was torn down.

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