Planned demolition of 116-year-old Erie home stirs outrcry from preservationists
Town looking into moving old home
Last Updated: 92 days ago
ERIE, Colo. - After an outcry over the planned demolition of a 116-year-old Erie home, town trustees are now looking into the option of moving it.
Beneath the peeling pain and broken boards, Erie oldtimer Bill Fletcher sees memories.
"This was the playground. You had to be careful not to knock the ball into the fence onto Mrs. Charlesworth's flowers or she would get onto you," said Fletcher. "It used to be a really pretty home before they painted it."
The home at 675 Holbrook St was determined eligible for the National Register as one of the finest examples of Queen Anne architecture in Erie and for its association with several prominent Erie citizens, according to a letter from History Colorado to the town's Mayor.
Now owned by the town of Erie, in July, trustees voted to tear the house down to make room for future expansion of the town hall next door (which is in the old school building).
"We are bursting at the seams down here," said Mayor Pro Tem Ronda Grassi. "We want town hall to stay here. We think that's really important for our downtown area."
"In fact, several of us have talked about donating the money we would spend on demolition to that purpose. We just have to find it a new home and make sure that’s a viable option," Grassi said. "We have stopped the demolition process so they have time to figure that out."
The head of the preservation board, Jan deLuise, said she is focusing her energy on finding a new home for the old house.
"The process is moving and it's very very positive in my mind," said deLuise.
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