Friday, June 20, 2008
If Those Walls Could Talk
This is why I shouldn't watch the news.
Last night, there was a very depressing story about some assholes who purchased the McCutcheon house (built in 1886) in Greenwich, Connecticut. They paid 10 million dollars for it, and then decided that it wasn't big enough. They tore it down so they could build something new and tacky. According to the former owner, they lied and said they had plans to renovate. He is beside himself with grief, because his grandparents bought this house in 1929. It's been in his family for 80 years. I'd kill to have that house for 80 minutes.
I really have a sore spot for heartless, arrogant, stupid people who tear down old buildings like this one. This was not some shack covered in bird shit. It was a granite mansion built to withstand the test of time. And now it's gone, so that Mr. & Mrs. Hedgefund can build some tacky Sopranos-style McMansion that won't be around in 121 years. They'll probably tear down all the trees, too, so that all the neighbors can see their monstrosity.
Modern "architecture" is a complete joke. Everything is pre-fab and it all looks the same.
The worst part is that this was the very last type of house in existence. The very last. I would imagine the broker put that in his ad to lure the buyers.
If you have a strong stomach, watch the video here. It shows pictures of the gorgeous interior, as well as family photos and the horrific demolition.
I really hope the contractor uses shoddy materials on the new house (we're in a recession afterall), and that it is soon filled with termites and mold.