For more information about this house, see our latest post: The Straight Skinny About the Big White House.
David wrote to tell us that the big white house in lower Wallingford (3519 Wallingford Avenue N.) has been demolished:
Lots of changes going on in lower Wallingford. I came home today to find the big house (I think actually a triplex) at 35th and Wallingford demolished! Always stood out to me as such a big residence with a nice view. Nothing but smashed timbers now.
Built in 1911, the house was over 3,200 square feet on an enviable 4,560 square foot lot. The last time it had been purchased was in 2000, but I wasn’t able to find any more information beyond that. I contacted our cherished local historian, Paul Dorpat, who replied, “I too have often wondered about that big place but I’ve not investigated. Now I’ll miss it. Wallingford Ave’s arterial zoning probably doomed it for ‘higher and better.'”
That house always intrigued me, too, as it always reminded me of the creepy house in that really bad 70s horror movie, “Burnt Offerings”, with Bette Davis. I’ve spun some pretty macabre fantasies about the house on Wallingford because it was so big and it sat way up high on its very own hill. I’ll miss it, too.
Here are “before” and “after” images. A sad sight, indeed: