Cape Codders continue to clean up after Nature's parting shot two weeks ago-- a winter storm that made up for paltry snowfall with ferocious and damaging winds.
The most notable casualty was the collapse of the historic John and Benjamin Mallowes house, a 200 year old home at 3 Main St. in Chatham's Old Village district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Carpenters had removed many of the historical elements for duplication and exposed the back of the home for construction of an addition when the storm blew through and knocked the house 6 inches off its foundation.
The Cape Cod Commission had been monitoring progress of the renovation to make certain historic guidelines were followed. It had taken three years of approvals to begin the work. The Commission has approved repair of the home which was reduced to a pile of lumber in the storm.
The Old Chatham Village District is a 95 acre neighborhood of 205 homes near the famed Chatham Lighthouse. The last time a home under renovation on Cape Cod came down in a storm was in the 1990s, according to Cape Cod Commission historic preservation specialist Sarah Korjeff. That home was ultimately reproduced.
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