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  1. Kate Jefferson permalink
    September 1, 2009 8:52 pm

    This is tragic. While salvage is appropriate when there is no other option, there is another option in this case. What does the former owner get for donating the architectural elements and details to the PMA (a tax break?)? If he cares enough to salvage he should care enough to work out a deal with the Floridian who wants to move the house. Although the building’s setting and context would be lost at least the building itself wouldn’t be.

    • Sabra Smith permalink*
      September 2, 2009 9:57 am

      It certainly defies logic. And there’s no confirmation that there’s even a deal with PMA in place. So this grand gesture he claims may simply be misdirection. It’s intriguing that someone who claimed he did not want to see the house come down made his salvage rights a stipulation in his sale to a new owner. I don’t understand why a sale and move could not be worked out. Too many cooks, I guess.

  2. shawn evans permalink
    September 2, 2009 9:47 am

    doesn’t look like there’s much left for salvage.

    • Sabra Smith permalink*
      September 2, 2009 9:57 am

      Heartbreaking. Thanks, Shawn, for sharing the link — it’s wonderful, yet devastating, to view the interiors.

  3. umbriago permalink
    October 5, 2009 7:29 am

    Kestenbaum and Kania are simply self indulgent nouveau riche philistines

    • Sabra Smith permalink*
      October 5, 2009 2:40 pm

      I didn’t know that nouveaux riches was still an insult. I thought in a consumer economy we were all about the riches, whether new or old.

      It certainly seems these were two intractable personalities to deal with — lots of mistrust — otherwise Wohl’s offer to move the building might have worked out and we could all be singing praises now instead of slinging arrows.

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