Sunday, July 16, 2017

Eyesore or Memories Gone

It has been more than six years since Jeremiah Rusconi presented to the Historic Preservation Commission, in April 2011, his proposal to demolish the abandoned buildings he owned at the corner of Front and Cross streets.

He told that HPC that the buildings had been constructed in the 1920s, after this amazing Stick Style house, which stood near the end of Cross Street, had been destroyed by fire.

He explained that prior to the 1920s the site had been an open space--lawn and garden extending down from 52 South Front Street--and he intended to return the site to what it had been. 

The HPC granted a certificate of appropriateness for the demolition, but years passed, and nothing happened. Last week, however, a temporary fence went up around the buildings, and the demolition began.

Photo: Peter Jung
This morning, nothing remains of the buildings but a pile of rubble.



  1. Maybe he will return it to lawns and gardens - his original vision for the property ...

  2. The City's 2012 application for the NYS Brownfield Opportunities Area program gave the year of the building as 1954.

    Though it's true the BOA application was riddled with errors, the building had an ugliness I always associated with the '50s. Either way, good riddance!