August 11, 2016
This has happened again and again during my two years in Lexington. Apparently it’s legal, but it’s always a sad thing to see. The target for demolition this time is a handsome painted-brick Victorian. It has the misfortune to be just outside the Woodward Heights Historic District. After renovating and restoring the house, the previous owner sold it in good faith to a buyer who assured him it would be saved. Apparently, that was a deception.
Town Branch Distillery is now the owner. They have been granted a permit to start demolition of the house effective immediately (August 11, 2016). The house is being torn down to accommodate their expansion plans.
The community at large first learned of the planned demolition in yesterday’s Lexington Herald-Leader:
Since I was downtown this afternoon, I decided to drive by the house. Fortunately, they hadn’t started the demolition, so I was able see this historic home one last time.