Owner gets permission to demolish historic house on North Street

A city Historic District Commission has approved the demolition of an historic house on North Street based on opinions from two engineeers that the house is structurally unsound.

Bill Farrell had asked the Historic District Commission at its last meeting for permission to demolish the existing house at 111-113 North Street and build a new one using some of the materials from the historic 1790 house.

Much of the inside of the house has been gutted, and main supports are being held up by jacks in the basement, Farrell said. The previous owner removed anything of historic value, such as wainscoting; the foundation is compromised, an impressive beehive fireplace cannot be used because it is not up to code, and the structure isn’t safe, he said.

After deliberating, the commission voted to table the request and seek the advice of an outside structural engineer. With that advice and a report in hand Monday night, the board voted to give the owner permission to demolish the house. The vote was not unanimous, however, with one member and one alternate member arguing that the commission’s job is to protect historic homes.

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