Friday, April 10, 2009

Death of a Neighborhood Landmark

The Richmond Hill Inn was a beautiful old mansion built by ambassador Richmond Pearson in the 1800's. It was renovated in the last couple decades and used as an upscale Inn with outstanding restaurants and gardens. Early in April, the main part of the Inn (the mansion) burned down by arson during the night.

Here are some before pics, some during the fire, and after. The 'before' pics are credit to Richmond Hill Inn and Kelly Binderman. The fire pics are credit to my neighbor Norman Harrill. I took the aftermath photos. This Inn was less than a block from my house.

This was the view from 2 houses down at 7 am:

Firefighters knocking down chimney with hose (it fell a few minutes after photo was taken):

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