Saturday, November 27, 2010

Someone in the S.W. Green House Tonight

This evening, as I drove through the VA Hospital Footprint on the way to dinner with a friend, I saw shadows moving in the S.W. Green House.  The floodlights revealed silhouettes of people moving in a first floor room.  I screeched to a halt, took a few photos, and called the authorities to report the trespassing as the cat catcher drove by in his truck.

If you enlarge the photo above, you'll see the figure in the lower window.

Two officers arrived within about 10 minutes or so - it was difficult for them to find the address of 219 S. Miro because the street is literally gone between Banks and Cleveland.  They searched the entire house, but did not find anyone inside.  It's a large house, and I'm guessing those inside saw/heard me and left out the back.

At this stage, we're still watching the house closely because it's unclear what's going to happen next.  While many preparations are in place, we had also heard from some sources that the house was meant to be moved over the course of Thanksgiving weekend.  At present, the preparations necessary for a move are not evident from the outside of the house.  In the meantime, it's crucial to prevent anyone from further damaging the home.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Is the S. W. Green house going to be left intact or will it be stripped of its upper floor, as has happened with the homes moved as salvage? If the S. W. Green house is to be moved intact, then it proves that the camelbacks and two-story homes throughout the footprints *could* have been moved with their architectutal elements totally intact. For that matter, they could also have been moved with their owners.

Considering the uncertainty of funding for mixed-income development and the massive geographic reach of GNOBEDD, are the houses that were stripped and moved being moved out of harm's way or do they remain imperilled?
Regardless of threats the moved houses may face from the polital and financial environment, they face new natural threats as well. The Broadmoor area where some of the houses are being moved is one of the lowest areas in the city and is consistently more flood-prone than the area from which they were removed.