Cleaning up the rubble – and about time

The debris from the fire in March 2012 that burned what we old-timers call "the Green house" to the ground.

The debris from the fire in March 2012 that burned what we Queensborough old-timers call “the Green house” (for long-ago – though not so long ago to us old-timers – owner Jessie Green) to the ground. Finally, it looks like a cleanup project is about to begin. About time!

As you may have seen from the comment that our excellent neighbour, Chuck Steele, posted on yesterday’s entry, things are looking up in Queensborough when it comes to cleaning up the sad rubble left by the fire last March at one of the most beautiful and historic homes in our little village.

The Green house before the fire. Its loss is nothing short of tragic, but we have to move on. (Photo by Elaine Kapusta)

The Green house before the fire. Its loss is nothing short of tragic, but we have to move on. (Photo by Elaine Kapusta)

That fire was a devastating one; a lovely brick Victorian house that had proudly stood for well over a century was, in one sad night, reduced to rubble. But to add insult to injury, the rubble has been there ever since. Of course there are complicated legal things and insurance things and municipal things that have to be dealt with in the wake of something like that, but it’s unfortunate that it has taken ten long months for all that to be sorted out. It’s nobody’s fault, but in the meantime the pretty little village of Queensborough has had this mess in the midst of it. So a great big yay! to Chuck’s news that the cleanup is starting. And while nothing can replace that great old house, let us hope – and work toward – something attractive and appropriate appearing in its place.

Queensborough deserves nothing less.

3 thoughts on “Cleaning up the rubble – and about time

  1. Only one thing sadder than losing a precious old building, is the extended wake amid the ruins, which you’ve endured for almost a year. It’s like our life with the remains of Hotel Quinte in the midst of the quotidien. Your wise friend Elaine is right – time to move on. Let’s hope for something lovely for the village.

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