Saturday, October 18, 2008
Remembrance Of Things Demolished (2123 6th St. N.)
Photos By John Hoff
These pictures show the house from the previous post, when I toured it with Connie Nompelis, before the Backhoe Of Doom got it. The photos show...Among other things, the hand-cut stones in the foundation, and the glorious claw foot bathtub which was--fortunately--removed prior to demolition.
This is an instance where there was too much haste in the demolition, because the legal process went forward and there was nobody to advocate for the house...at least not advocates who were strong enough to make a difference.
On the bright side: there are many more houses to buy and to save. This particular house could have been purchased, toward the end, for a pittance...and saving it probably would have involved talking to some certain folks in the city government, going to a hearing, proving a commitment of sufficient fiscal resources to transform the house into something besides yet another crack-o-topia.
THERE ARE MANY MORE HOUSES TO SAVE. Best to get to work doing it.
Oh, there's another bright side, too. The complete destruction of the house helps bury my shame and horror from touching The Thing In The Window I Thought Was A New, Unique Kind of North Minneapolis Fungi, But (I Realized Too Late) Wasn't.