Deconstruction of Belmont’s Clark House Begins

The first step in the eventual deconstruction of the historic Thomas Clark House has begun with the removal of the upper-floor window sills and some interior work that took place in the past week.

One of the town’s oldest residential homes, the 254-year-old structure was the center of a nearly three-year long effort to preserve the pre-Revolutionary War era house after its original homestead on Common Street was sold to a developer in the summer of 2011. In the most dramatic act, the house was slowly moved down town streets to its current location on Concord Avenue near the White Field House in February 2012.

But supporters, including the deed holder Architectural Heritage Foundation and the Belmont Historic District Commission, could not find a suitable site to relocate the building. With costs to reinsure the building coming due, it was determined in July to “deconstruct” the structure.

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