A handful of history buffs and curious onlookers watched Monday as a bulldozer demolished the dilapidated Dallas apartment building where Lee Harvey Oswald lived a few months before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The uninhabited 10-unit, two-story apartment complex built in 1925 was one of several remaining places tied to Kennedy's Nov. 22, 1963, assassination, which remains perhaps the most infamous moment in Dallas history. Oswald lived at the building at 600 Elsbeth St. with his wife, Marina, and young daughter from November 1962 to March 1963.
The residence is mentioned in the Warren Commission report that investigated Kennedy's death and concluded that Oswald acted alone.
The bulldozer ramming through the walls started with the side where Oswald lived. Police blocked off Elsbeth Street and the sidewalk in front, but let onlookers grab bricks from the side of the building.
Tom Sclar (pictured at left), a local resident and musician, put five bricks in a backpack as souvenirs and possibly sale items later. Sclar said the building was included on tours that he once gave to groups interested in the many alternate theories about Kennedy's death -- though he called himself a "borderline agnostic" on the question of who shot Kennedy.
"People sell this crap for money," Sclar said. "I'm doing it out of a weird, kitschy interest."
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Jobs had lived there for 10 years, then moved out and left it to fall into disrepair for several years afterward. He even called it “one of the biggest abominations of a house I’ve ever seen.” His plan was to build a smaller, more modern home in its place -- but he died before he had the opportunity.
In February 2011, Jobs brought down the entire 17,000-square-foot home in a single day. The mansion was reduced to rubble, finally giving Jobs room to build the dream home he always wanted, but would never build.
The lot was left barren once the house was taken down.
Wayne Johnson thought his dreams had come true when he renovated his million-dollar home in Marblehead, Mass. But for his neighbors, it was a nightmare. The neighbors complained that the additions that Johnson put on his home blocked their view of the water. They filed suit against Johnson, claiming that he violated local zoning laws, and a 16-year court battle ensued. Finally, last December, a judge ruled in the neighbors’ favor and ordered Johnson’s home torn down.
In February, Johnson’s home was leveled in a matter of minutes. Johnson claimed that he tried to compromise with his neighbors during the feud, even offering to remove the part of his house that blocked their view. But ultimately, he said, he was just happy the ordeal was over. “I’m happy to be able to get on with my life and not have to be dealing with this miscarriage of justice that has truly been a real burden for 20 years,” he told CBS Boston. “There’s more to life than a house.”
Known as the “Dragon’s Head,” the 55,000-square-foot home in Southampton, Long Island, that fashion designer Calvin Klein scooped up in 2003 was something of a local legend. The original home was built in 1929, but a financier renovated it into oblivion in the ‘80s, adding spires and turrets everywhere. Residents long complained that the home was an eyesore in the middle of an otherwise desirable summer hotspot. So, Klein to the rescue.
In May 2009, Klein had the storied home completely brought down. But would he replace it with another mega-mansion? Not quite.
Klein replaced the over-the-top mansion with a much more understated -- and much smaller -- beach house.
History? Who cares? Certainly not David Schwimmer. The former "Friends" star bought a townhouse in Manhattan’s East Village in 2010, one of the oldest on its block of East Sixth Street. The home was built in 1852, and New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission reportedly sent Schwimmer three letters warning him that the building was in line to receive landmark status. But because it hadn’t officially been named a landmark yet, Schwimmer was free to do with it what he wanted. And so he did.
In February (is this, like, the month of teardowns?), Schwimmer had the townhouse razed, angering preservationists and city officials. It’s not like it was a shock, though. He had put his Los Angeles mansion on the market months prior. His plan is to replace the building with a new, luxurious six-story home.
The original Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City was one of the most beloved arenas to baseball fans. It first opened in 1923. As far back as the 1980s, campaigns began calling for a new home for the New York Yankees baseball team, raising questions about safety conditions at the ballpark. Political wrangling and disputes over funding tied up the go-ahead for building a new stadium. But finally, construction began on a new stadium across the street, and the original Yankees’ home closed in 2008.
Close to a century of cherished memories were brought to the ground in 2010 when crews demolished the old, legendary Yankee Stadium. Baseball fans and others lobbied to save pieces of the famed building, but to no avail.
In its heyday: The original Yankee Stadium was one of the most popular venues in New York City.
After the fall: There was nothing left of the famed building once demolition crews were done with it in 2010.
Clark and Sharon Winslow of Belvedere, Calif., lived in an enviable $19 million mansion complete with a “resort-style health club.” There was just one little problem: The $4.2 million mansion next door was partially blocking their view of the water. So they came up with a pretty simple solution.
They bought the offending house at a foreclosure auction and tore it down in June. The couple planned to replace the 100-year-old house with a garden once demolition was complete. Even the neighbors were thrilled. “The view is really nice now!” neighbor Roger Snow told NBC Bay Area.
Hedge fund billionaire David Tepper purchased this Sagaponack, Long Island, estate in 2010 for $43.5 million, the most expensive transaction of the year in that area. But instead of enjoying the 6,000 square foot estate, he chose to go in a different direction.
He leveled it! Tepper not only destroyed the main house, but he razed the tennis court, filled the swimming pool and destroyed the guesthouse. His plan? Build an even bigger home.
Elin Nordgren, the former wife of golf superstar Tiger Woods, purchased this Palm Beach, Fla., mansion in March 2011 for $12 million. The home was originally built in the 1920s, but it was infested with termites and wasn't built up to modern hurricane codes. So should she try and fix it up? Nah.