Daily Demolition Report: No, Virginia

There won’t be such a thing as these homes:



Photo of 2205 Branard St.: HAR

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  • So adorable. I love the older brick homes and wish mine had a brick facade instead of crappy vinyl siding. :( Sigh.

  • Poor, poor 2205 Branard.
    I know the standard Swamplottian response is “if you’re so sad to see it go, buy it.” I know that it was built in 1939, and wasn’t necessarily meant to last past 1989. I know that it may have structural problems, need electrical updates, and have a tiny kitchen.
    I know all those things, yet I can’t look at this adorable brick house, this poor condemned soul with its neck on the chopping block, and not get a lump in my throat.
    What did this house do to deserve such a fate? Did it not bow down to the ballroom-sized bathroom trend? Did it refuse to tart itself up in stucco to suit the Tuscan-craving masses? Did it commit the crime of having only (gasp!) 8′ tall ceilings?! Perhaps it was simply the offense of having a pleasing ratio of height, fenestration, and visual interest that doesn’t say “screw you, street, I don’t care what I look like outside, because I have granite countertops, slate backsplashes and crown moulding!
    Does this make me a house-hugger? Probably.

    Will this earn me a thorough flaming from other commenters? Definitely.

    [Pours some out for fallen soldier 2205 Branard]

  • Goodbye, cute little house. I loved driving by you for years.

  • Jennifer: I share your sorrow.

  • @Jennifer Mathis I think most of us would love to rescue nearly all of the “featured” demos.
    I don’t think that’s a standard response, though, since most of these properties aren’t even for sale. It seems like a majority wish that these homes, “unnecessary demos,” would hopefully be appreciated and loved by their owners.

    The Del Monte house featured last week still stings: http://swamplot.com/daily-demolition-report-threading-the-landscape/2013-01-18/


  • I can barely hear the world’s smallest violin over the crushing sound of a 10 ton bulldozer. It’s called progress.

  • It’s a charming house that could use some interior renovation. So of course it’s being torn down.

  • The house may indeed be too far gone to be worth saving. I believe the househuggers (myself included) are actually more incensed by the bloated cuboid that will eventually replace it, than they are by the demolition itself.

  • Bummer.
    And I don’t think the lot is really worth what the listing says.

  • Progress?

    Nah, just another sign that we live in a throw away culture that only appreciates new. Bungalows don’t SCREAM “Look at me, I’ve come a long way, baby!” like a big, hulking, architectural mess can.

  • Nicely said, Jennifer. Esp. ‘ballroom-sized bathroom’ comment.

  • Great. More obnoxious neighbors on the way. Thanks Croix!