February 23, 2013

Red Roof. East Gloucester, MA. April, 2012

I’ve written before about this magnificent house, home to so much history. So imagine my horror when I was running toward it just before Christmas and noticed the light in the neighborhood was somehow different from the way I remembered it. Surprise! Red Roof had been demolished. Razed to the ground. Gone. All that history, all those memories. Mrs. Isabella Stewart Gardner, a frequent guest, would be appalled. What kind of monstrosity will be constructed on the site, I wonder? I’d heard that the recent buyers of the long-family-held homestead were interested in restoring the property. Guess not. A shame, really. Glad I got inside to visit on two occasions.

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