Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Only in America

I find this disgusting.

12 comments:

Ms. Moon said...

Well, sometimes there just isn't the money to keep those grand old houses unless someone love them so much they're willing to pay.
It is sad.

Denny Coates said...

I know mine is a minority opinion, but I've always thought the classic novel The Great Gatsby was over-rated. I just couldn't sympathize with Gatsby, his ill-gotten gains, and his moral insensitivity. Or his romance with Daisy or the narrator's need to idealize him somehow. Just can't get into the "but gangsters are people, too" thing.

Mel said...

That's a damn shame. So is Baz Luhrmann remaking TGG in 3D with Leo DeCaprio and Carey Mulligan. In Sydney. Say What?? An American Classic that does not necessarily need retelling. He should save his money and donate to saving this amazing building.
Hugs to you. I'm doing fine, finally over my damn snotfest, thanks for asking. Hope you're well too.
xo

Vintage Vixen said...

What a bloody shame!
Love you!
xxx

Jeannie said...

It seems a shame but nothing lasts forever. It's hard to update something of that size and if it's been left to rot too long, maybe it just wouldn't be worth it. On the other hand, if "all" he paid was 17.5 mill, then 2 mill isn't all that much to invest to bring it back (after all people easily spend $25,000 to renovate a $200,000 home which is a similar percentage and no one would say that was too much to invest). On the other hand, having 5 families enjoy the property rather than just one seems fair too - as well as more profitable.

Alison Cross said...

Ah that's a shame, but right now there isn't much money going spare for non-essentials (other than bankers' bonuses)

I'd still rather have police officers, nurses and teachers than an ol' stately home...

*cultural wasteland face*

Ali xxxx

Misfits Vintage said...

I say let's remake everything all the time and smash all buildings and spend more money on movies than healthcare. YEAH!!!

Sarah xxx

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Dear SB, I hate to see old houses torn down. What a shame. Before we had the National Trust here it happened a lot.

It always makes me smile that you read the Daily Mail! Love you xx

Syd said...

I hate to see land divided up. Perhaps the house has no architectural significance, but it is a shame that the property will be so fragmented. If the house is indeed significant, then it should not be torn down.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Denny,
We agree on most things, but I really did love The Great Gatsby. I must have read it at least three times. I liked Tender Is the Night better, but I still loved Gatsby.

Mel,
Glad you are feeling better. Baz is whacked, but in a good way. It may be interesting.

Misfits,
Exactly. Jesus.

Christina,
I love the Mail. Laugh. The National Trust rocks!

The Wit Continuum said...

It's a shame...but you'd have to be a billionaire to consider investing in something like this. Gone are the days when this type of house was common. Now it is only a super-rich playground.
Love ya,
Wit

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Wit,
I wish I were a billionaire. I'd surely save it.

Love you shitloads,

SB