Cruelly Tossing History Into The Dumpster
I have done numerous posts about FABULOUS houses being brutalized by new owners. Original kitchens, for example, which I would kill for have been torn out and replaced with Home Depot crap. Varnished trim has been painted white. Gorgeous mantels have been replaced with plain slabs of marble.
You know what I mean.
Yet, this kind of architectural and historic travesty is actually celebrated on HGTV and in This Old House magazine.
When I see such work I think: Are people insane? Why would anybody want to replace something of high quality, something interesting, something historic, and something unique with something cheaply made and generic?
Even more surreal is when a new owner tears out work which was just restored by the previous owner!
Case in point?
In 2015, the fabulous Kelly of Old House Dreams posted a church which had been converted into a house. I commented, in part:
This is the best church conversion into a residence that I have ever seen. The owners should be congratulated for their rare sensitivity in retaining the fabulous Great Space, other historic features, and spatial elements.
The structure was sold.
Ominously however, the new owners shortly thereafter chopped down the trees surrounding the building. Huh? WHY?
Then a bad storm damaged the roof, which caused some leaking.
The new owners took this, it seems, as an excuse to ravage the gorgeously done interior. So, rather than repair the minor damage the interior was inexplicably vandalized.
The images below will prove that I am not just being overly sensitive.
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