Since our posting last month on residential destruction and renewal in Madison Park, at least three more houses have been demolished to make room for new structures. This 800 sq. ft. house at 42nd Avenue E. and E. Lee Street, which bit the dust this morning, is just the latest casualty. Originally constructed in 1919, it purportedly was built as a beach cabin for the president of Frederick & Nelson (a now-defunct department store). The house had apparently not benefited from any renovations since the early 1950's, so when the tall Portuguese Laurel hedge and large fir trees were recently removed from the property, it was a shock to many to discover that was an old house buried in there.
It took about four hours for the structure to be pulled down. Construction will soon begin on a high-end, energy efficient house, three times or more the size of the original structure. As one passerby commented upon seeing the destruction underway, "Well, the neighborhood pattern continues..."