All in a half day’s work: House no more in Menlo Park

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on August 12, 2015

When a green fence goes up around a 1950s era ranch-style house in Menlo Park locals know it usually means the house is coming down, to be replaced most often with a two-story mini-mansion with basement.

Photo of house

But when a green fence went up around a home on the corner of White Oak and Lemon in Menlo Park, we were particularly surprised as it hardly looked like a tear down.  Alas, it was still “just a ranch house” and the “house-eating” machinery arrived last Friday morning.

Four hours later_no house

We chatted with one of the workmen, and he told us that it would be demolished in three to four hours. He was right. By the time we swung by later in the afternoon, it was a pile of wood.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2015

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Craig K August 12, 2015 at 2:32 pm

A sad day for MP…..progress is not always good.

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Jenna August 12, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Tear down a perfectly beautiful home to build a huge obnoxious eye sore. I miss the Menlo Park I grew up in.

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Charlotte August 12, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Makes me sad every time I see it. We will one day outgrow our own little 2/1 cottage and I’ve often contemplated putting a second story on it ourselves just to spare it from the complete demolition you see on so many of these older homes. Lots of character gone forever.

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NS August 12, 2015 at 4:27 pm

There is nothing sad about tearing down a 1960s era ranch home. Such homes have little architectural value and do not add to the beauty or character of our town. It is a separate question whether something nice goes up in its place.

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Craig K August 12, 2015 at 11:26 pm

NS….if the home was condemned, I would agree, but saying “such homes have little architectural value” is not correct. Look at all those Eichler homes in part of Palo Alto that are selling in the millions!
As for “our town” and the character of same, you had better keep in mind all the people that grew up there over the years, most likely long before you lived there or were even born. I am sure the city will collect the appropriate fees and taxes from the new building that will go up there for their coffers!

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Eric Westlund August 14, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Thanks Google and Facebook.

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Sally Cole August 19, 2015 at 5:21 pm

NS – I completely disagree with you that a single story ranch style home has no architectural value. Try living in one. The homes are open, with living spaces (kitchen, living room, dining room) flowing from one to the other, which promotes family interaction. Often there are large picture windows and patios which bring the outside in. Plus, when you live in a single story home with only single story homes around it, or walk down a street that has primarily single story homes, you see that in aggregate these homes make so much more of the trees and sky visible and bring a relaxing vibe to the whole community. Yes, they contribute to the character of Menlo Park and to the well being of its residents.

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Craig K August 20, 2015 at 11:18 pm

Way to go Sally……it doesn’t appear that NS will respond…….!

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Sally August 22, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Thank you, Craig K!

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Laura August 19, 2015 at 7:27 pm

How sad.

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