Squabbling Delays Demolition of 1878 House for Library Parking Lot

Squabbling Delays Demolition of 1878 House
for Library Parking Lot

Preservationists have effected a reprieve for the Mackey-Baker house in Port Washington on Long Island, New York. The dilapidated 1878 colonial-style house on Main Street was scheduled last December for demolition to make way for a parking lot for the Port Washington Public Library, but ongoing squabbles over who should authorize the building's destruction have put the plan on hold.

Even though it had previously issued a demolition permit, the state Department of Education, which oversees the library, declared August 24 that it does not have jurisdiction over the property but declined to say who does. The library board and administration believe the house has no historical merit, and, through their lawyer, are attempting to establish their authority to tear it down.

Posted September 7, 1998.