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Richardson Romanesque III




Built by Samuel Hannaford & Sons in 1888

25 Rooms ... 13 Bedrooms, 7 Full Baths, 8,659 SqFt


$   1,950,000 ... Delivered Price = $ 225 sqft.


ResErections, Inc. specializes in documenting, marketing and disassembling architecturally unique 19th century stone mansions that can be reconstructed on sites where the investment results in the creation of new real estate wealth.  Buyers save an endangered  magnificent mansion from demolition - and create a marvelous new residence.   We create a great deal for the buyers, owners, the doers, and the public.


With professional disassembly, the house can be reconstructed precisely.  We exhaustively laser scan the building for precise measurements, and use RFID item tagging for inventory management.  Every stone and recoverable stick would be replaced in its original position. 




Samuel Hannaford                                                                                                                               


Samuel Hannaford (1835 - 1911) is one of the most admired architects of the late 19th century. His reputation has endured along with his buildings. His European influenced design is often referred to as Richardsonian Romanesque. Hannaford designed over 300 buildings in the Midwest region. His homes extend from New England to the Midwest and the South.


Why this house must be moved ... The neighborhood is rife with drug activity and violent gun crime. In 2008, there were 19,331 calls for police service, 1,703 crimes including 11 murders, 19 rapes, 237 robberies, 92 assaults, 440 burglaries, 776 larcenies, and 144 car thefts.

The chance of being a victim of a crime is 1 in 11.

       The chance of being a victim of violent crime is 1 in 75

       The chance of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 13

       The violent crime index is 41% higher than its city average and 218% the state average.

       Crime is up 16.1 percent from 2000.

       Residents fear reprisal for reporting criminals.

       Gunfire is so frequent that dogs stopped howling.


This house is a condemned wreck. Here are 7 year old orders of the city building department


6/18/2009 BARRICADE THE BUILDING Securely barricade openings in this building to prevent the entry of trespassers within fifteen (15) days of the date of this notice and maintain the barricades until windows, doors and other openings are repaired in an approved manner. Please refer to the enclosed information on barricading buildings. The time limit to file an appeal of this order is ten (10) days of the date of this notice.  Barricades: If a vacant building is open to access by trespassers, the directors of buildings and inspections may order any openings barricaded to prevent trespassers from entering such building. The barricading of such doors, windows and other openings shall be maintained as long as the building is vacant or until the windows, doors and other openings are repaired in an approved manner.


8/27/2009 OBTAIN A VACATED BUILDING MAINTENANCE LICENSE Apply for a Vacated Building Maintenance License and provide proof of liability insurance within 30 days of the date of this notice and cause the premises to conform to the minimum standards of safety and structural integrity set forth below within 90 days of the date of this notice. The owner of a building ordered in whole or in part vacated or kept vacant by the director of buildings and inspections shall apply for a vacated building maintenance license, cause the premises to conform to the minimum standards of safety and structural integrity and obtain a vacated building maintenance license.


8/27/2009 KEEP THE BUILDING VACANT The building is vacant. Falling ceilings can be seen through the windows; windows are broken; exterior surfaces require paint; the yard is overgrown. The building is not habitable. Keep this building vacant until it is brought into compliance with the applicable provisions and restored to a safe and sanitary condition.  Vacation and barricades: The director of buildings and inspections shall be authorized to order any building or portion of any building vacated, or if it is vacant to remain vacant for one or more of the following reasons set out below.  Code violations: When a building is occupied, or any work, operation or construction is performed therein or thereon in violation of any of the provisions of this Code.  Unsafe or unsanitary building: When in the opinion of the director of buildings and inspections the building is unsafe or unsanitary.   Noncompliance: When the owner, agent, or tenant fails or refuses to comply with any lawful order issued by the director of buildings and inspections.



     Click to the Google Street View of the building.


Delivered Price = $ 225 sqft.














See the holes through the roof .. heavy water damage to the interior..



The pink decorative metal panel has been scavenged and stolen.









Question:  If I connect you with a buyer, will you pay a commission ?



Answer:  Yes, ResErections will pay non-owner individuals a commission or finders fee of $ 50,000 upon closing.   An additional $ 25,000 fee would be paid to non-owner individuals that identify additional endangered houses that we market and who provides local support services such as photography and current owner connections.  You must contact us to establish your role as an initiator source.  A Confidentiality Agreement will be necessary. 


There will be substantial work for the buyer's architects at the current location and future site.  ResErections will collaborate on the disassembly methods, and integrate LIDAR, RFID, and other digital information into AutoCAD and BIM software systems.

Purchaser is responsible for design and construction activities after delivery of the house components to destination. It is recommended that the purchaser engage the services of a local architect and construction firm to reconstruct the house.This beautiful endangered house can be saved. The stone shell and most of the interior wood structure is recoverable.  95 % of the materials required for reconstruction is included in our delivered price, the cost of materials for the reconstructed house will be far less than built from scratch with new materials. Many of the components of the house are unique, and cannot be reproduced with modern materials. Houses constructed in this manner will be environmentally superior, and qualify for US Green Building Councilís superior LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Question:  Do you guys own Romanesque III ?  We drive by it often.  If so, we would like to know what you are doing about it.  It is a boarded up rotting eyesore, a danger, and should be demolished.

Answer:  We do not own any of the houses on our web site, but have agreements with the owners to search for buyers that will move the houses to suitable new sites.  You are right about Romanesque III.  It is a wreck, but the stone shell is fine.  It is a beautiful stone 1888 Samuel Hannaford Romanesque house that would be easy to move  ... costly, but easy and worth it.  Because the interior is already gone, the re-architected version has the freedom to rebuild the interior as the buyer would prefer.  We hope the city isn't forced to demolish it before we find a buyer. We are doing our best to save it and remove it from the neighborhood.   It's site is contiguous to the Martin Luther King Park and would make an excellent expansion of the community park.

Comment:  In America, preservation and restoration is a many billion dollar industry.  Maintenance of public  and historic structures is a high art, with many professional practitioners.  There is no shortage of work to do, and the majority of the work is paid for institutionally, by government, or other cultural organizations.   It is by no means a non-profit business.  Professional preservationists have an obligation to selectively and responsibly put limited talents and money where the best of heritage is preserved rather than telling others what their limited resources and public tax money should be spent on.  Revenue motivated advocates often whip up public hysteria and rely on legal obstructionism to preserve old structures under the guise of "non-profit" - but salary paying organizations.  Good solutions to reclaiming and using historic structures are criticized as not good enough, resulting in decay and loss, and worthy structures are demolished because enough money could not be found to do a better thing.   Moving endangered structures is a far better result than scavenging for individual components and demolition.

ResErections will not tie the buyer's reconstruction efforts to bureaucratic qualifications for government tax credits or require employment of certified historic craftsmen and archivists or seek protective covenants and rehabilitation agreements insuring that the buildings will be protected from changes. We do not offer cultural resource management, historic preservation planning, historical research, litigation support and encouragement, and academic grantsmanship.  You Buy It ... We Disassemble It ... You ReBuild It ... You Own It. 



Here is a photo of the building today.  We can save it.

Too reproachful a jewel to leave in a ruined landscape.

Romanesque III  Street View




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