Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
September 14, 2012 11:34 am EDT


MOUNT VERNON — Demolition took place this week on a home with a bit of historical significance in Mount Vernon. The house at 300 W. High St., recently owned by Marcus Purdy, was torn down to help make way for the city’s plans to extend and widen Sandusky Street south of High Street.


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Built in 1871 by William Sanderson, co-owner of Sanderson and McCreary Lumber across High Street which later became the site of Elephant Lumber, the house at one time was said to be of grand architectural design and contained many unique and attractive features.

Purdy owned the house from 2004 until 2011 as a rental property before selling it to the City of Mount Vernon. “It had quite ornate woodwork in there,” said Purdy. “In its day, I’m sure it was quite a dandy.”

David Black, a friend of the Purdy family, has recollections of sliding down the long, circular stairway bannister when he was 4 years old when the house was owned by his great-aunt Mary Myers. “We always figured that house would always be there,” said Black after learning that the house was being demolished. “That’s where we always met. If you ever came to town and somebody was going to pick you up, we would always say ‘See you at aunt Mary’s.’”

Also remembering spending time in the house was Mary Black whose mother, Mary Hyatt, had lived there at one time. She recalls watching numerous Mount Vernon parades going by while watching from the second-story window of the house. Other features past residents recall of the house include attractive slate floors and a grand fireplace.

Once the city of Mount Vernon purchased the property, plans went into place as far as what to do with the building. As the structure was deemed to be not economically salvageable, the city conducted an asbestos abatement and then followed up with its demolition this week.

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