Now entering its terminal stage, the cancerous war on historic structures continues its relentless advance. The number of old buildings which have already been forever lost is mind-numbing and there is no end in sight. The accelerated removal of our historic infrastructure, whether by neglect, over-zealous code enforcement, people intent upon building new at a specific site or address, scripted societal upheaval, societal collapse, unnatural weather events, homeowners cluelessly parroting contrived trends popularized on TV, arson or any of a multitude of other contributing factors, is truly horrifying. This Halloween we only need to look at a few real-life examples of “death by a thousand cuts” for a really good scare! Sadly, the examples below are painfully common and far outnumber valiant preservation efforts. Unless noted otherwise, the following are all from 2023. Links in the captions point to news articles with more information.
Well, I think that’s enough of that for now. Here’s a tiny ray of hope for those of you now thoroughly depressed… The Miracle House: