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Historic Pearson house demolished

Original post made on Apr 26, 2013

After years of abandonment and several attempts to save it, the 130-year-old home of early Mountain View businessman Charles Pearson has been turned into rubble in order to make room for an office building.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:10 PM

Comments (11)

Posted by Political Insider, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 26, 2013 at 11:31 am

Finally. One eyesore gone, several others remain. Thank you Mr. Burnell.

Developer Roger Burnell had offered to move and restore the home at 902 Villa Street – at his own expense – to be used as part of a city history museum that was once proposed for the Cuesta Annex. But after residents complained that development would ruin the Annex, the City Council declined the offer.


Posted by Mc Foie Gras, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 26, 2013 at 2:35 pm

"I hope it's for a good cause," said Chez TJ owner George Aviet.

That is what all the gesse said too... Now if we can just do something about that overpriced feed bin next to the Tide House.


Posted by Mary, a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Apr 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I doubt I've ever seen this house but I wish MV had found a way to preserve it. I like old stuff and I like old historic stuff. Mostly humans are destroying these relics in any country you want to mention in the name of "progrss". But without touchstones to our past how will we build a better future?


Posted by the_punnisher, a resident of Whisman Station
on Apr 26, 2013 at 4:12 pm

People and Nations that destroy their past have no future.


Posted by wally, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm

"People and Nations that destroy their past have no future."

wow that's deep.

wise words from a guy who still is living in a log cabin with no running water or electricity and comes to the library to use the internet on horseback


Posted by Mr Advice, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm

They should have scraped that dump 20 years ago. Who's NEXT?


Posted by wendyleela, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 26, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I love Mary's phrase "touchstones to our past"so true and saddened
by the loss of yet another precious "touchstone".


Posted by Chris, a resident of Willowgate
on Apr 26, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Too busy, no time, no one stood up to the plate, I tried, I failed, Mr Burnell, was patient, but in the end a could of would of should of, and no Art Museum. But typical garbage. Sorry dead Founders, a big zero. So now we are still only less than a handful of history in our midst, but oh yeah, I can hang my hat on the Berlin Wall.

Buildings are special, but ll we see is vertical rise to benefit the coffers of a dot com city. Hope it all does not come crashing around its shoulders like redevelopment did and remember the dot com crash of 2000, and then the two wars? Today its Syria, Chechnya, and an over bloated social media huchster of an economy.

Oops better get some sleep, work tomorrow and no time for this, remember......................... Sorry Pearsons.


Posted by Go Odriddance, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 27, 2013 at 11:35 am

they finally got rid of that termite infested, flea ridden so called house. thank goodness.

I was looking at the site this morning and I noticed all that junk on the roof of chez tj. that restaurant needs to clean that up. they are better then that. I guess they were able to hide that mess for years, but now that it is exposed they need to do something about it.


Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community
on Apr 28, 2013 at 11:44 am

Sad to see house torn down but if no site was offered suitable for house. Then house is a gone, change is welcomed. We lost so many other landmarks and will lose more.

But have many others, look at downtown. We kept so many buildings on Castro St, even rebuilt a train station from scratch.


Posted by wally, a resident of Willowgate
on Apr 29, 2013 at 1:33 am

What is the point of repairing--for who knows how much-- and staffing that house as a museum when there is probably 5x the amount of space that old wreck would offer in the open spaces of city hall...which we use to show things off from various projects/schools/etc. already?

Even with volunteers there is no point in it. That's how you end up with museums/historal______ open non-election Tuesdays from 1:19pm to 4:42pm and on the second Thursday of every 3rd month from 10:07am to 3:28pm unless it is an odd-numbered day of the month during a Leap Year.


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