I was in Roanoke’s Fishburn Park late last week, getting some exercise and as I was leaving, I noted the old Fishburn Cottage–which caused such a row a few months ago–sitting there getting older, grayer and less like an historic building.
As you might recall, architect Lora Katz offered to buy the cottage and renovate it, but a neighborhood group raised holy hell about the purchase, strongly objecting to it. Lora eventually backed out–more because she found the cost of renovation to be prohibitive than the protests. Nobody has stepped in, even though the neighborhood group said it wanted the house.
I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes (enlighten me, if you know), but the house is just sitting there, looking awfully lonely.