A revered house that has stood on Jackson Street in the tiny hamlet of New Suffolk since 1936 faced the wrath of an excavator on Thursday, just weeks after disappointed locals found out it was going to be razed.
The Lyndon Tuthill-Floyd Houston House its on 2.6 acres of prime real estate in the waterfront community.
Michael Warlan, a Manhattan resident who summers in New Suffolk, purchased the property for $1.1 million in August 2013 with the intent of restoring the aging home.
The renovation, however, proved too costly, he previously told The Suffolk Times.
“The cost that goes into restoring a building like that is tremendous and unfortunately the way the house was built then isn’t up to code or safe now,” he said.
He hopes to recycle as much of the material as possible to go toward the construction of a new home on the property.