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I mean, how can you demo something with such a distinguished name as Henry A. Darling? Better to just make that go away. After all, giving an historic home an important name does lend it a level of significance that it might not have had previously. All that said, I personally think she could have at least called it Hank. Everything and body needs a name. Oh, and Reni also took away Hank's birthday, which is 1907. I sense an agenda here. Do you as well?
Here is the new 2015 description of this house (link).
Perhaps you have also noticed a new detail that wasn't mentioned in the previous prospectus. The lot size. At nearly half an acre this version literally screams "split me!" Or at least it might to the next couple of blithe innocents that show up in town thinking they've just found their potential dream home site. To be accomplished by lot splitting and bulldozing their way to a cost covered McMansion nirvana.
Compare the above verbiage with the Realtor description the last time Hank was on the market.
The Henry A. Darling House. This home exudes a kind of permanence and sense of place that can only be earned. On nearly half an acre this historic 3Bed/2Bath Craftsman style residence is located on one of Sierra Madre's most desirable streets. A full-width front porch, wood siding, and clipped gable roof announce the character of this Arts & Crafts period home. Original features continue on the interior with an impressive river rock fireplace, oak floors, built-ins, and wood wainscoting with plate rail. Beautiful wood windows look out onto lush greenery from every room, enhancing the relaxed Southern California feel of this home. Extensive intact period features make this home the perfect restoration project. The rear garden is planted with specimen plants and mature foliage creating a private and unique outdoor environment.
Certainly no more "exudes a kind of permanence and sense of place that can only be earned" this time around. Or "perfect restoration project" for that matter. No sirree Bob. And yes, do speak with City Staff. And maybe The Tattler and its readers as well. As you know, Hank is officially under blog protection.
For your further understanding, here is the recent troubled sales history of Hank.
It does appear that Hank has been on and off the market a couple of times lately. What I've heard is that the current owners are now trying to sell the place because they ran into some planning approval difficulties. Perhaps you've heard that as well. Something that has led them to believe that perhaps Sierra Madre is not quite right for them.
Which is sad. We were all looking forward to getting to know them.
Unfortunately, there is also this.
We all show disappointment in different ways.
Tonight is the Mayor's "State of the City" Address
The City of Sierra Madre is hosting the 2015 State of the City on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The event will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. The event begins at 6:30 pm. Come learn about the current topics pertaining to the City including current city finances and upcoming projects. This year’s event features a short musical performance by St. Rita School students and Presentation of Colors by Brownie Troop 15161 and Cadette Troop 5361. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.
For more information please contact the City of Sierra Madre at 626-355-7135. Location City Hall, Council Chambers, 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, CA 91024
It is good that this yearly event is being held at City Hall this year, and at an hour accessible to the working man and woman. Traditionally this has been the time and place for the person running the government of the City of Sierra Madre to speak with great solemnity about the City's finances, and then darkly warn of the consequences should the residents not cough up some additional tax revenue.
I guess we'll have to wait and see if that storied tradition holds.