The Landmarks Preservation Commission had approved auto dealer Chuck Schumacher’s plan to rebuild his landmarked Palladian-style home at 105 Clarendon Avenue. But following an allegedly illegal demolition on the project, the LPC has voted to reopen the case.
Chairman William Cooley argues that YouTube clips show that the partial demolition of the house was done “on purpose,” according to the Palm Beach Daily News.
“I was adamant that there should be some fines or a stop-work order or something because I had seen all of the film clips that were posted on YouTube where you could see the progression of the demolition and the fact that the demolition wasn’t because of deterioration. And it was on purpose,” Cooley said.
Structural engineer Albert Gargiulo and architect Harold Smith, both working for Schumacher, told the board last month that preserving the part of the house still standing would be unsafe because of extensive wood-rot and termite damage.
Last month, building officials issued a stop-work order after Cooley noticed that a publicly visible section of the 1926 Marion Sims Wyeth-designed house that was supposed to be preserved had been demolished. [Palm Beach Daily News] – Christopher Cameron