Oronoque Saltbox Historic Home Survey
Demolition of the Oronoque saltbox commenced on October 27, 2012, and was completed on October 31, 2012 (photo TD1). The process seemed fraught with delays, including the blowing out of a backhoe, and then the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Ironically, the remaining partial structure completely withstood the hurricane.
Nearly as tragic as the loss of the whole house itself was the fact that no attempts were made to salvage any of the home’s original material, nor was there even a shred of interest in doing so (TD17). Everything you have seen throughout these various survey photos today occupies a landfill.
Finally, an odd occurrence about the demolition itself was that the two particular timber joints I’d studied the most (the tying joint of Bent II, and rear plate connection at Bent III) had not only been exposed by the tear down, but both survived right up to the very end (TD5, TD13, and TD18).