Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hollywood Palaces



I have been told this is happening in every American city. The old house is torn down, the trees and  garden removed and then a new house is built. A really large house. Help!  Someone please make it stop!!!!!!!  Dear readers, followers, fans, strangers, and stalkers please comment, if this is happening in your city write me and let me know so we can all moan together.

18 comments:

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

Ohh jeez, I'm with ya there. I hate that they tear down those oh so charming Bungalows to put up 'Mini Me Mc Mansions'. Part of the great charm of Hollywood are those very Bungalows lined along many a street.

Bah, humbug!

Mlle Paradis said...

by golly, you did it! and yes its true. everywhere.

this is what the most affluent society and the biggest credit bubble in the history of the world has gotten us.

egypt had the pyramids, rome has you-name-it, france has versailles and notre dame cathedrale

.....what did we get? mcmansions!

ok shutting up and going to bed now.

the gardeners cottage said...

hi kevin,

yes, it's happening everywhere. we were told that our little house had fallen out of escrow twice before we came along and both times the buyers were going to tear it down and build a large home. how sad that would have been. we feel like we saved a little bit of history.

~janet

ps ~ i'm waiting for my challenge!

Pam said...

Some people....you try to educate them but their inner glutton takes over and to heck with everything that means anything. Then they wake up, but it's too late. Arrrrrrrrggh! Don't they understand what good karma comes from those bungalows? Sigh..... Pam @ Sallygoodin

victoria thorne said...

I actually, somewhat unwittingly, was pulled in to participate in one of these unfortunate acts. Still not over it. Still on sabbatical after that one. May be forever. We'll see...

Well, at least it helped me remember that my true love is and always will be a well-done bungalow/cabin/little house. ('Tho a well-done big house is, of course, cause for celebration.)

Karena said...

It is awful, I mean move out to the suburbs if you want a big beautiful new homw. Leave the Country Club and histoical districts alone!!

Zootsuitmama said...

Suburbia has enough crappy boxes called homes. Leave the old beauties alone. Who doesn't understand how your heart stops when gazing upon these vintage beauties?? Zootsuitmama

Kevin said...

It can be sad to see, especially when it is a charming old Craftsman home. But when it is a hideous tract house from the 50s and 60s I don't mind. I like that people are revitalizing the old neighborhoods even if it means tearing down and rebuilding. I would rather see a Mc Mansion in the middle of the city than chewing up the countryside with sprawl.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Yes it is SOOO happening here. Tearing down little beach cottages and putting up HUGE palm beach style, mostly grotesque (imho)mixture of seven styles places that cover the whole lot.....and look over beach cottages to their left and right. So sad. So wrong.So ugg.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Not much in the way of tear downs around here, but still plenty of building of dull, uninspiring, suburban houses!

Domestic Daddy said...

Such a common and unsightly problem. I like the way your blog covers the texture of the neighborhood without completely romanticizing it.
DD

Michael Guy said...

Yes, it happens here in Chicago. In some instances a buyer will manage a deal for two adjoining properties to really go ape-shit in a quest for faux grandeur. The thing that really irks me is how inappropriate the new structure is for the street. And for all the money that is spent for biggie this and that the little elements, like good exterior light fixtures, is a secondary consideration. I seem to think they always look like 'add ons' and cheap.

jason said...

sad.

Kimmy said...

I do not think people truly realize to some it is the equivalent of tearing down say, Falling Water or Taliesin and replacing it with a corner Walgreen's or a Mc Mansion of some sort.
I sincerely appreciate the architecture of Europe because a great number of their older homes and buildings are still intact for future generations to behold and be proud of.
Such a sad dilemma that seems to have no end.
Have a lovely weekend Kevin, cheers!

normadesmond said...

one would think that the down economy would slow this.

Stephen said...

In Portland they are called- McMansions... & many sit empty now.

Dandy said...

This is why I live in a protected historic district!

Mike, Studio city said...

Hi Kevin, we have a few of those around here. Butt ugly, we are happy living in our, almost paid for, love shack. Hugs from Studio city, or better known as the village of the forgotten star.