Monday, April 11, 2016

As Edgartown voters prepare to decide whether to expand the town's historic district, two lifelong Edgartown residents speak about the houses and architecture that have long been the warp and weft of this historic seaside village. 

Comments (8)

susanna adler, los angeles
I have been going to Edgartown since I was in my mothers belly, my grandmother lived there for over 30 years , she and my grandfather are buried there and so will my father and I be buried there. Edgartown is the most wonderful place on the planet because it has kept to a same pace for the most part and never changed ..this should remain in place, don't ruin the one place in the world that still functions and acts as it should. edgartown is as it should be...changing it would be a shame
April 11, 2016 - 6:53pm
Peter Tony Guernsey Jr. , Kent Harbor, 14 Guernsey Lane, Edgartown
Before we add some beautiful properties to the historic district, can't we enforce the repair or tear down of the 3-4 buildings in Edgartown that should have been condemned years ago? Let's take care of what we have and need to do to further beautify our town.
April 12, 2016 - 9:48am
MJ Grant, Vero Beach , FL
Re houses featured: some old, some relatively new, some Patrick Ahern renditions. Do we have historic parameters? Blanket designation not proper or defendable
April 12, 2016 - 1:18pm
Michael Maschio, Palm Beach, Florida
I read the article last week regarding the home at 8 Pease's Point Way, and the permit the new owners are seeking. In 1993 I leased this home from the original owners family during a contentious divorce, along with a purchase agreement in place for after our 1 year lease. We then discovered the terrible condition of this homes electrical, plumbing and basic structure. We loved the open living room, then realized the removal of 2 bearing walls are what gave it that open space, but caused the second floor to sink almost 5" in the center. The garage with a guest apt above had come completely off its foundation and would require major restructuring. The sills under the main house had split and it was now tilting. In all, while we loved this home the amount of work just to make it inhabitable, not to mention winterizing etc. was not worth the effort. We purchased another newer home which we lived in for over 18 years. I applaud the efforts of these new owners to build something on this lovely lot, and given the amount of new construction literally surrounding them, I'm sure it will be in keeping with the character of Edgartown...just as we all did. And by the way, we added the coach lamps at the front door, expanded the porch in front and leveled the back one had any problem with any of that at the time. I assume there are more pressing problems for this group to be interested in. If they were so concerned about the disposition of this home they should have purchased it themselves.
April 12, 2016 - 2:20pm
j dixon, edgartown
i agree with a meaningful expansion of the historic district but let's not get carried away. i also wish we would control the reno or teardown mania of beautiful old homes to create a McMansions
April 12, 2016 - 7:34pm
Dave Achelis, NYC
Where are the Bankers and High frequency traders going to be able to build their 8 bedroom houses with pool and 3 car garages if we keep preserving the history of Edgartown? These rich people just can't get a break!
April 13, 2016 - 11:34am
Mark F Lucier, Edgartown
I would like to see a set of guidelines for a "Historical Building" Our commission, admirably is trying, and I Commend their efforts, however......... There needs to be parameters set on what is Historic, what are Historic materials, and what constitutes "Historic Material" that can be changed to "Real Life Material: If we are to give a BILLION dollars worth of real estate to the whims of a commission that has no guidelines, I believe the time is to step back and specify those guidelines to avoid lawsuits that will inevitably occur ala #8 Pease Point Way.
April 15, 2016 - 6:41pm, Los Angeles
I so enjoyed the video of the Vineyard charming houses and people living within them. My husband proposed and wedding date set whilst visiting the Vineyard in 1979 and thereafter returned annually in the Fall....wonderful wonderful place and so many wonderful memories 'til 2010 when my Darling Husband "went on His way! Haven't been back since but the footage shown sent me back into time and the Vineyard Gazette keeps me updated to this beautiful island. Thank you....and thank you Martha's Vineyard for the memories! elizabeth s. (r&e)
April 17, 2016 - 7:50pm


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