Barring a major turn of events, a 109-year-old Queen Anne Victorian-style home on Madison’s Near West Side will be demolished early next year.
After several months of searching for a taker, the home will be demolished, along with five others, to make room for a four-story, 74-unit apartment building, said Craig Enzenroth, president of Mount Horeb-based developer Gallina Companies.
The City Council unanimously approved Gallina’s plans for the apartment building in October. Its construction requires the demolition of six homes along South Mills and Mound streets, including the Victorian at 1022 Mound St.
Though the house is not a landmark, Gallina offered it for free, plus $5,000 — the approximate cost of demolition — to anybody willing to take and move the house. The company posted ads on Craigslist and worked with Madison Trust for Historic Preservation to find someone interested in relocating the home.
In October, Enzenroth said he had shown the house to about eight people, one of whom was interested in converting it to a bed and breakfast. But with an estimated moving cost near $40,000 and extensive interior work required, the potential owner deemed it unfeasible. Gallina has received a couple phone calls about the house since then, but no serious inquiries, he said.
Gallina originally planned to start construction earlier this month, but that has been pushed back to early January.
— Jeff Glaze