Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Morningside Teardown Complete

I liked it before, built 1936, 2,419 square feet, 1.75 stories. The lot  is 0.2393 acre, about 50' x 190', flat. The new one was built on spec by Greystone Classic Properties. You build specs to a formula. They've got a pretty good formula for getting it built, getting it detailed for the street, and getting it sold.

I'm surprised it didn't sell before it was done but I don't know how they marketed it. Major demolition started July 26, 2012, caravan was on January 29, 2013. Thanks to listing agent Erika Eaton for showing me around. Here is the listing.

Breathing room: What I notice most is that the big tree is gone, the one way too close to the house. The trees at the sidewalk are still there.

The permit box had been up for days. They took down the tree. One day the machine was just there.


I could hear the crunching from my house that morning so I raced over.

I joined neighbors across the street, we were throwing an impromptu wake.

I leaned about the owner, the foundation cracks and the settling, the water problems, the teardown a few houses east.

The yellow hanging bathroom Rauschenberg collage "got" me though.

Empty lots can look so small.

Here it is in context. The house to the right is closer to original.

Another in context.



  1. Yuk. The original house had so much personality. sigh. The only constant is change. No doubt the new one is beautiful on the inside and much more liveable.

  2. IMO, the picture taken directly in front of the new house makes it look almost an acceptable size; the one taken from a 45 degree angle on the right makes it look too big and out of place in the neighborhood.--Jeff C

    1. The pictures don't get the fit quite right. Best to see in person.

  3. Light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, doors, windows... all crunched up and sent to the landfill. Clearly no attempt at salvaging anything. What a shame. Communities that encourage consumers to recycle every tin can and plastic bag should make more of an effort to discourage such waste. Maybe when you apply for a demolition permit they could hand you a pamphlet listing all the organizations that benefit from or participate in building material reuse. Habitat's ReStore springs to mind.

  4. checks are always very careful, you can seriously look at a small format requirements of the papers, carefully read each student long evening dress papers, and then put forward the most sound advice, which is hard to come by. Expensive two-and-a-half years of college life is drawing to a close, I feel is very


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