A 1924 teardown alternative

In 1924, Berry McAlester moved the home at 2000 South Country Club Drive to its present location.

Today, the 1910 stone home is owned and lovingly kept by Russell and Mary Still. You can take a tour via this article published in the Dec 2000/Jan 2011 issue of Columbia Home and Lifestyle.

The home was moved to make way for the Tudor house McAlester built in 1927 at 2000 S. Country Club Drive. Today, it stands empty, for sale. You can take a peek inside by clicking on this virtual tour here.

These days, teardowns don’t involve a move of an elegant home across the street — they are literally torn down and typically replaced with what are called McMansions, homes that are often out of place with the other houses, destroying what is called the streetscape. A streetscape is the way an entire street or area looks, its character. A new home out of scale with its surroundings can look like a sore thumb.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has taken note of this trend and outlines what it is, where it is prevalent and what preservationists can do about it. Learn more here.

Why would someone tear down a house to make way for a new one? Sometimes the property is more valuable than the house. Sometimes the house is in poor condition. And sometimes people simply want a bigger home. But when an out of character home is built on a plot, it affects more than just the homeowner.

However, in this case of a 1924 alternative to a teardown, both homes still exist and are historic beauties.

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