I'm going to interrupt regularly scheduled programming here to practice shaking off societal conditioning to be polite, diplomatic and ladylike, which I too closely adhere to too often. Let me begin by saying FUCK THIS SHIT. I missed my turn over in Perrysburg today and continued on out of the city and into the township onto E. River Rd. This construction site caught my eye and I knew immediately what I was looking at. This is 28589 E. River Rd. This piece of land sold in 2015 for $1.2 million. At that time it was home to a 1923 fourteen room, Italianate mansion, constructed of brick and trimmed out with stone with a red clay tile roof. The estate was known as The Terraces and was listed on the National Register. Despite the outcry of neighbors and others from the surrounding communities, certainly not just preservationists, the new owner tore this beautiful structure down to put up this relative piece of shit. The 1923 home was not in poor condition BY ANY MEANS. I am putting the link to the listing in my bio for a bit so you can see for yourself what was lost here. This is just plain gross. In fact, I dare say it's sort of a metaphor for what's going wrong in the country at the moment. The ability to disregard cultural and environmental impact can be purchased as long as you're able to pay top dollar. In this case specifically, personal property rights coupled with money trumped regard for local history and architectural significance, the community, and for exactly what it means to put an 8000 square foot house with irreplaceable craftsmanship in a landfill for no good reason. Shame on all those that knowingly facilitated this result, this builder included. State your values and stand behind them across the board. And if money always takes precedent, well that shit must feel as empty as a big new house and no friends for miles to help you fill it. Probably wishful thinking as we all know, money can buy you those too. 😡
Last two photos are from the real estate listing and The Toledo Blade respectively.