Crowd Watches House Come Crashing Down


It was demolition day at the most talked about house in KELOLAND.  

Thursday crews began tearing down the Sapienza house in the McKennan Park Neighborhood. 

It was quite a site to see.  What took months to build, came down in three hours.  But those who were here watching say they were sad, but they understood why it had to be done.  

As crews began the demolition process, people gathered across the street to watch. 

Jackie Obeslo was one of the first to arrive at 7 a.m. Thursday morning. 

“I wanted to get a good parking spot you know if it’s got to happen I want to see it,” Obeslo said. 

In May, a judge ordered the Sapienza’s to either tear down their house or move it, after the Board of Historic Preservation rejected their plans to make the house comply with neighborhood historic standards. 

This comes after three years of a legal dispute with their neighbors, Barbara and Pierce McDowell, who sued the Sapienza family for building their house too large and too close to the McDowell home and violating historic codes. 

Darlene Michael says she has mixed emotions about the whole ordeal.  She says you have to follow the rules, but it’s still sad. 

“A lady came up to me and said, ‘are you enjoying this?’ she pointed to the blue room and said ‘this was the little girl’s room,” Michael said. 

“It’s sad both sides the whole thing, it’s sad either way if you are for or against, it’s sad all that money is gone,” Obeslo said. 

“You hate to see something brand new taken down when you think of tearing something down, it’s usually an eyesore, this might have been an eyesore to somebody, but it was their home,” Micahel said. 

A home that is no more after today.   At this point we haven’t heard if the Sapienza’s plan to rebuild here on this lot or if they are moving altogether. 

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