It’s not a pretty sight. When the former car dealership was constructed in 1939, my grandmother signed an easement that allowed the Observer’s wall to serve as the new building’s north wall. Plaster was applied to the bricks, which isn’t mentioned in the easement, and that’s what is left behind. The easement allowed for holes to be made in my wall for the insertion of joists. Those holes will soon be repaired, with the cost split between the city and the demolition company.
Now what? My preference is to keep the wall as brick. I have repair work to do near the top (unrelated to the demolition), but that leaves the plaster problem. It doesn’t come off easily. The demolition company pounded on it Tuesday and damaged more of my brick. Someone has to decide who has the responsibility of removing the plaster and how that can be done without damaging my wall even further. The demolition company doesn’t think it’s their responsibility. I surely don’t think it’s my responsibility. I presume it will crumble on its own if given enough time since it’s not an exterior finish, but that long time might be too long a period of ugliness for people to handle.
Some people have suggested covering the wall with metal. No thanks. Several have suggested covering it with stucco, and one person has offered to do the work for free if the city buys the material. A brick front and a stucco side wall isn’t going to look so sharp, and I’m also concerned about longevity and maintenance. Once the work is done, it would be part of my wall.
When you head into a demolition project, you often encounter some unexpected snags. That’s what you see in the photo above.