Back in 2018, when it became known that the proposal to create a new retail center in Greenport with McDonald's as its centerpiece involved the demolition of the Gothic Revival house once known as "The Pines," Paul Barrett and John Craig worked to bring the house and its history to the attention of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Their efforts were successful in persuading SHPO to make the determination, in October 2018, that the house was eligible for listing for the State and National Registers of Historic Places. But, alas, that determination was insufficient to spare the house.
approved the demolition of the house on three conditions: (1) the building must be documented; (2) a public exhibit of the building must be located in the new building or on the site that depicts the history of both the building and the site; (3) the building elements and materials should be offered to a local non-profit architectural salvage or other capable organization.
It is not known if the first and third conditions were ever met, but the second has. Yesterday, Gossips learned that the requisite "public exhibit" has been installed on the site of the building, where people can see it as they wait in line at the McDonald's drive-thru.
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Thanks to Paul Barrett for all the photographs that accompany this post