Editor’s note: CHS Community Posts feature stories posted by neighbors and readers about neighborhood stories and issues. This submission features a unique 16th Ave E house CHS reported on earlier this year that is slated for demolition and redevelopment. Thanks to J R Fox for a look inside.
Certainly one of our neighborhoods most interesting haunted houses has been this one at 339 16th Ave East which was moved to it current site in 1972 to make way for a Group Health building at 15th and Thomas. I have always been curious about the inside and Graham Black (owner) was gracious enough to give me the keys so that my partner and I could take some pictures of it. Within a few days it will be demolished to make way for a new townhouse development.
While the outside appears to be mostly original to our surprise the interior is completely gutted of all doors, plaster and wood work. It is a pretty spacious house on the inside but decades of dampness and a totally shot roof have made it completely unrestorable. I would imagine in the 70′s restoration would have been entirely possible. Not now. In places the floor was completely rotten thru and you could see from the attic to the first floor. There were some piles of doors that did not appear to be original and the dampness surely has ruined them. We also saw a huge pocket door and fireplace mantel that didn’t appear to belong. Of particular interest was an ancient rotting piano with keys covered with dust and leaves. Front and back door and maybe the porch posts are the only things worth saving for use elsewhere.
The tower room on the third floor was cool but had a foot or so of pigeon droppings everywhere. Sun was pouring in from the south side where the roof is toast. One of the weirdest things was that the chimney does not go down thru the house but appears to rest on the rotting roof. Very odd and dangerous! This place would probably fall down on its own within a few years.
Scheduled to be demolished very soon consider this its eulogy and enjoy the pix that we took.