Sunday, February 14, 2010
by David Sapp
A rare, wonderful remnant of our past is again in danger of being destroyed, either by neglect or by the bulldozer. And it seems especially sad that the old house can't celebrate it's 150th anniversary in style without worrying if it will have a 151st birthday.
The David Guitar house on Oakland Gravel Road, known for many years as Confederate Hill, is a historical treasure that has endured various indignities. Reprieved for a while by fine restoration at the hands of Noel and Mary Ann Crowson, the project ended up costing the Crowsons their savings and the house reverted to their financial backers. It is on the market now and prospects are scarce. Few developers would let it be known publicly but you can bet that they are watching to see if the price drops low enough to justify the public outrage when the bulldozer clears the house so that the land can be subdivided and made profitable.
To get a sense of the value of this house to our cultural fabric, click here and read the 2004 Tribune story about it. And then click here to get a more recent, authoritative update on the future prospects for this house.
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