In 1908, a beautiful Late Queen Anne house was built in Freehold, New Jersey.
This house stood proudly just outside Main Street of this once quaint town, exhibiting great architectural details representative of its time.
Its beautiful, ornate Queen Anne windows allowed sunlight to dance through the rooms.
However, in a turn of events that shocked those who care about their town and its history, the house was purchased by terrible homeowners – monsters.
Below we will show you each feature that was destroyed.
Older photos show the damage the monsters did to the architecture of the house. I will show you what they did to this house, with a warning that it is very sad.
First see the realtor information and photos from Zillow.
The once-majestic windows were stripped of their glory, replaced with soulless plastic alternatives that lack the charm and character of the original designs. To make matters worse, many windows were covered up entirely, robbing the house of its essence and plunging it into darkness. It was a heart-wrenching sight, witnessing such a beautiful piece of history being defaced by these monstrous inhabitants. It left myself and others saddened, questioning how someone could treat a house with such disregard and insensitivity.
Only monsters could do such a horrid thing. This tragedy now serves as a reminder that not everyone possesses (or has the mental ability to) the appreciation and respect for heritage that this house truly deserves. This will prompt some to contemplate that instead of wrecking a neighborhood, perhaps some individuals are better suited and exiled to a simpler, less historically damaging lifestyle, such as that of a trailer park or garden apartment
116 Year Old Oriel Window Gone Forever!
The window below is called an Oriel Window. A beautiful feature used on a Queen Anne Victorian house. This beautiful window was covered up as you see.
The woodwork in this house would have been stained originally and was probably painted in the 1930’s. Unfortunately that was the trend at the time. It took me three years to strip the paint off my woodwork , cursing the grave of the homeowner that painted it.
Notice on the wall the previous homeowners were proud of their house having a framed sketch of their house at an early date. The sketch shows the front top bay window has each of the three windows shuttered. Hopefully the previous owners moved away so not to see and be saddened by what happened to the house they obviously cared so much for.
Side Dormers Closed Up!
Beautiful Front Dormer & Windows – GONE!
Beautiful Exquisite Porch Balustrade & Skirt Destroyed!
Defaced and Destroyed!
There is so much detail! If this house was painted Victorian colors, there would be a color for the clapboard and another color for the shingles. Not to mention the trim, windows, and an accent color.
Sadly this house now stands as a poignant reminder of the importance of preserving and cherishing our architectural heritage. Its fate acts as a cautionary tale, urging society to value and protect these remnants of the past, for they hold within them the stories, memories, and beauty of bygone eras. It serves as a call to action, prompting us to safeguard our historical treasures from such unfortunate encounters with “this type” of people, ensuring that future generations can experience the awe-inspiring allure of these time-honored structures and the narratives they carry.
Protection can be instituted by a Historic Preservation Easement by the prior homeowner or by the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). While Freehold borough does possess an HPC, it operates with considerable fragility, often yielding to the unyielding undesirable individuals who stubbornly resist any attempts to regulate what they can do with their homes solely based on their perceived entitlement.
It’s imperative to emphasize the importance of preserving the historical integrity and value of homes in our community. While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, it’s concerning to witness such shallowness and lack of concern for our town’s rich architectural heritage.
Comments such as “I pay my taxes” or “No-one tells me what to do to my house” only shows ones lack of intelligence and upbringing. This can result in these “spite houses”. Their ignorance prevent the formation of historic districts where a homeowner can be educated to understand and appreciate good architecture and protect what they have.
By upholding higher standards for historical preservation, we can instead attract a higher quality of residents who truly value and respect the essence of our town – not like the monsters in this house. Otherwise, the risk is that we diminish our town’s unique charm and character, replacing it with fleeting modern trends. Let’s champion the cause of preservation and strive for a community that holds its history in high regard before nothing is left.