Tuesday, May 19, 2009

An Arts & Crafts House No Longer a Home

This past week a house two doors up the street was demolished. An old Arts and Crafts house, very similar to the one in the link (click on the title of this post). No explosives for this sweet, little house...it was practically dismantled a room, if not a piece at a time. Trees cleared away (always bothersome to me) and basement gone.

At one point during the week all that remained was the rear of the house, exposing the kitchen where the ruffled curtains still hung, waving in the spring breeze. I felt a great sadness. The man who had lived there passed away and the property was sold. The final act was the parade of trucks, rumbling down the street carrying away the cinder blocks, cobblestones, etc. and a lifetime of memories of the family that once lived there.

I'm sure when I see the new house being built my sad feelings about the old house will fade away. A new house, a new family and new memories created in a new home. It is of course the circle of life. Hopefully, they'll even plant a few new trees : ) Smoochies!

8 comments:

The Cottage Cheese said...

This makes me SO sad. I wish that old craftsman could have been saved and restored to its original charm. And to cut all of the trees as well? Just wrong...

On a brighter note, nice to see you posting! I miss you and my forum pals. I've been too busy (and too tired) from work to spend much time in there lately. have a great week Mr. F!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

If it looked anything like the bungalow in the picture...how terribly sad. We've always renovated houses and enjoyed the history that came when purchasing. renovations were just to bring them to their original state. I can honestly say...much like "Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House"...many of them should have been tear downs!!

auntsuesoldnewlovely said...

AAAWWW!!!
That was sad...you could be a writer did you ever think of that?
{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}

themamasplace said...

Makes me so sad. My dream house I will never have.
I agree with AuntSue!!! You should try your hand at writing. You're very good at it!
Miss you in the forums. Hope all is well with you and yours.

Mossy said...

AAAHHH Mr. Filthy, those are sweet observations- you just never know what to expect from a man wearing fruit on his head.

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

A touching post Mr.Filthy. It is so sad and hard to see history being torn down. The little curtains waving in the spring breeze brought a tear..... So sad.
Smoochies right back at ya...

vintagepetals said...

It always breaks my heart to see an old building falling into disrepair or being torn down. I grew up in an old plantation house, so places with so many memories, a rich history, and tons of character are always held close to my heart.

Deer Path Vintage said...

Hey, Mr. Filthy, great blog! I enjoyed it, that is, until this post. Argghh!! Destroying an Arts and Crafts!?! Barbarians!

If you have any feeling for the era, you'll NEVER appreciate the new house that takes it's place. You'll always see in your mind's eye the little beauty they tore down.

I can only hope those trucks were just carefully, lovingly moving it elsewhere. I hope, I hope.

But I'll forgive you for giving me nightmares because you did provide a link to other craftsmans. That is divine! I'll go back to that often.

(And I'll come back here often, too. Nice place, nice company.)