Vita Serena goes back to the drawing board

105 Clarendon Avenue
105 Clarendon Avenue

A partially demolished building in Palm Beach is going to remain in limbo for a while longer.

That’s because the Palm Beach Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to have architect Harold Smith submit his plans again for Vita Serena, the landmarked home at 105 Clarendon Avenue, according to the Palm Beach Daily News.

Parts of the historic structure have been torn down already, a wall has collapsed and project engineers said that the house has extensive wood rot and termite damage. The board wants code enforcement officers to inspect the project and see whether contractor John Rossi has demolished parts beyond the scope of his permit.

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Rossi said he took down parts of the building without approval to protect his workers from unsafe conditions.

Owner Chuck Schumacher is said to be planning to replicate the original building. [Palm Beach Daily News]  – Jennifer White Karp