A house we lived in 25-35 years ago had a fire over a month ago. I can glimpse it on my way home from work, and have been keeping tabs what they will do with it. The fire only affected the back corner addition, an ell on slab. It hasn't looked like they have been doing anything.
An odd house. It was built around 1905 rather in protest, a single room at first, capping the top of Spring St so that the town could not extend the road further. It was a summer house for a woman who lived about 3 blocks away, in the center of town.
Just about every room was a separate addition. As near as I could tell, the tiny kitchen came second, a small porch after that. Then a 7x10 room reached by double doors, with a fieldstone fireplace of indifferent construction, rather like something from an Appalachian cabin. There was a porch addition, then two small bedrooms with a different roofline were slapped onto the other side. The bathroom came next. The main room, fairly good-sized with a stone foundation, higher ceiling, and a wood stove was the only interesting living space. It had a clerestory window, and one had to climb a ladder to get into the attic, where the ceramic post wiring lay. The other rooms were barely functional, and were over crawl spaces.
A third porch section, then the ell, were added quite a bit later, we concluded.
It was our first house together, our first two children were born in those years, and it was eccentric. We remember it fondly, but it was a nightmare to care for, far beyond my poor skills, and I was relieved to be rid of it.
The place very gradually deteriorated through the next few owners, until someone extended the roofline on one side and put in a nicer addition in the last few years. I suspect they would have to have upgraded the wiring and plumbing to get an occupancy certificate.
Today I went to check it out when I had an errand nearby, and the house is gone.
The new addition remains, but they have torn down everything else. They are digging, clearly intending to put in a new foundation. Who knows what house they will build?
The great irony is that the fieldstone fireplace seems to be the only remaining piece. They preserved that for some reason when they put on the addition, though it became an interior chimney rather than exterior. It is charming but poorly built. I hope they have joy of it. My son had it in his bedroom for a time, and how many people can say that?
It is an irony because it is the chimney of our current house, less than half the age, that is falling apart, and will need to be replaced to the tune of thousands of dollars. I'm guessing the old fireplace cost about $20 when new, around 1930.