Come get ‘em! Two more old houses that will be demolished soon if no one buys them for $1 and moves them from their current site:
The first property is located in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago. Architect & blogger Lee Bey says the property (left) is owned by the Illinois College of Optometry, and they want to expand. The school plans on razing the property, but must wait until December 1st, 2010 — a delay that allows preservation officials to find a buyer to save (and move) the house. Perhaps the sweetest part of this deal? The city will sell an additional lot to a buyer for another $1, so the only costs are actually moving the house. Built during the 1870s, the house is located at 3223 S. Indiana. As Lee Bey points out, the property features many original Italianate elements, including the bold roof brackets & arched moldings above the door and windows. For more photos and more information, check out Lee Bey’s blog here, or contact Eleanor Gorski, Zoning and Land Use Planning assistant commissioner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-744-9143.
Another property– this one in Washington, North Carolina– is also threatened for demo and available free for the taking. The St. Peter’s Episcopal Church unfortunately wants to demolish the historic home (located at 119 N. Bonner St.) to make way for a landscaped garden or to put up a parking lot. Since the property is a “contributing property” to a historic district, the church applied to the Washington Historic Preservation Commission for permission to wreck the house. The WHPC issued a 1-year delay on their permit, while the preservation group tries to find a rescuer for the house. The house (right) appears to be a vernacular Queen Anne Victorian, with a pedimented gable, a sweeping front porch, and beautiful hardwood floors inside. Once again, the house will need to be moved. For more information, read the article in the Washington Daily News, or contact the Washington Historic Preservation Committee or the church.