Old Washington Saltbox House Faces Demolition
From the article:
"[Zoning Administrator] Wallingford said several groups in Washington have expressed concern about the possible demolition of the house. The property is considered a blighted structure, according to the board and is a hazard to the community. The Board of Architectural Review and groups in Washington would like to see the house preserved."
This would be a great thing if it comes to fruition. Unfortunately, it is unlikely. It appears that the owner of the home, who lives in another state, has not been cooperative in repairs and maintenance requests. With so many other historical buildings in the area in need of rennovation, for example, the McMurdy School Boarding House, the chances of this home being repaired are slim.
Saltbox houses are wooden frame houses with a long, pitched roof that slopes down to the back. A Saltbox has just one storey in the back and two storeys in the front. The flat front and central chimney are recognizable features, but the asymmetry of the unequal sides and the long, low rear roof line are the most distinctive features of a Saltbox. They were first seen in Europe around 1650 and remained popular throughout the colonial and early American period, perhaps because of the simplicity of its design.