On Tuesday, April 12 (2022) The Georgetown City Council voted 4-3 to allow the demolition of this historic house at 412 E. 7th St. despite many appeals from preservationists and even the local paper. The house, which dates back to the late 1800s, had ties to the founder of Georgetown (George Glasscock) and was listed as "Medium Priority" on the city's Historic Resources Survey. HARC voted against the proposed demolition but the owners took their case to City Council, which went against the HARC recommendation. Another historic house lost due to public officials who have little interest in preserving Georgetown's history, character and charm.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Several new houses have been built on the north side of Hwy. 29 near the intersection with Scenic Drive. One of the lots had been vacant for a long time after the building on it burned down. I think the developers have done a nice job making these fit in with the neighborhood they are built in.
Monday, January 20, 2020
Sunday, June 23, 2019
It wasn't until this year's Preservation Georgetown Home Tour that I learned about the history of the house. It was originally built in 1916 by the Griffith Lumber Company for Tom Peaslee, who lived there with his wife, Jennie, and their two children. Peaslee was the owner and operator of a meat market on Austin Avenue to the left of the Palace Theater.
When Greg and Linda Austin bought the house in 2003, it was still pretty much in its original condition. In fact, they even found an old Model A in the garage shed, completely obscured by trash and scrap metal!
The Austins added an addition at the back of the house that gives them a garage and guest bedroom, as well as a master bathroom and more kitchen space. But the addition and other renovations have stayed true to the original craftsman style of the home. I love every opportunity I get to see this house!