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Old 11-12-2020, 12:06 AM   #1
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Default Proposed Historic House Demolition in Weirs Beach

The historic house at 76 Lakeside Avenue in Weirs Beach is proposed for demolition. This is the second house on Lakeside Avenue in from Route 3.The house was built in the 1880s and is about 140 years old. This was the former home of Hazel Tarlson Cannon. It operated as The Maples, a tourist home, and was later the home of Weirs Action Committee President and Laconia City Councilor Judy Krahulec.

The loss of this house will negatively affect the historical character of Lakeside Avenue and Weirs Beach. It dates from the early development of the resort, and would mark the first time a historic house on Lakeside Avenue has purposely been torn down. (Two other Lakeside Avenue houses have been lost, both due to fire - the NHVA's 3rd Regiment building in 1924, and Story's Tavern in 1991.)

The City of Laconia's Heritage Commission will be meeting at 5pm tomorrow (Thursday, November 12), at Laconia City Hall to discuss the proposed demolition. Please attend and make your concerns known.

Anyone with historic photos of the house is urged to post them here. McDude?

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Hazel Tarlson Cannon, 86, proprietor of The Maples at Weirs Beach, died, Dec. 6, 1984. She had been a piano teacher for many years and had played for local dance bands. She was church organist at Trinity Community United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. Mrs. Cannon was married to Col. William Cannon, an early aviator at The Weirs (and who served in the Army Air Corps during World War II). As noted, she was a pianist; she is pictured in many photos of Tarlson's Tune Toppers and other musical aggregations of her brother, George Wesley Tarlson Jr., who was exceedingly prominent at Weirs Beach as merchant, band leader, head of the Weirs Water Co., captain of the Weirs Fire Department, state senator, bank trustee, builder of Tarlson's Arcade and a few other things.

March 21, 1985: Major William A. Cannon Sr., 85, of the Weirs, dies; noted aviator and businessman, who served in the Navy during World War I and the Army Air Corps in World War II, retiring from the Air Force Reserve in 1958. During the years immediately preceding World War II, he owned and operated the Weirs Seaplane Base and conducted government-sponsored Civil Pilot Training Program, using Piper Cubs on floats.
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Old 11-12-2020, 08:01 AM   #2
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What is the reason for taking it down?

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What a shame - this house has such character and whatever replaces it will be just another building, no matter how nice and new.
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76 Lakeside Ave, Laconia: $7478 - property tax 2019, and $363,200 - assessment according to Trulia.com(24-photos) which values it a $525,363 with 5-bedrooms, 2.5-baths, updated and refreshed interior with an historic exterior design, built in 1870, includes a detached in-law apartment, all on a hillside .30-acre lot with a big, big water view of Lake Winnipesaukee.

This one old house, built in 1870 is the #! best historic home in all of Weirs Beach with its design and prominent location as seen from the road.

It has two large flat spaces down at the public sidewalk in front of the large stone wall that get leased out to a bike week seller which probably goes a long way to offset the property tax.
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It is unknown at this time what the owner’s plans are after demolition. The owner has also owned the Boardwalk Bar & Grill property (the former Weirs Beach Waterslide) since 2010, and purchased the Faro restaurant (the former Weirs Beach Lobster Pound) properties earlier this year. In the rear, the house does abut part of the Boardwalk Bar & Grill property.
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It is unknown at this time what the owner’s plans are after demolition. The owner has also owned the Boardwalk Bar & Grill property (the former Weirs Beach Waterslide) since 2010, and purchased the Faro restaurant (the former Weirs Beach Lobster Pound) properties earlier this year. In the rear, the house does abut part of the Boardwalk Bar & Grill property.
Sounds like the owner has some BIG plans in the making!!
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Maybe, between the properties on either side of rte 3 plus the Lakeside property, the hotel and conference center some folks have been clamoring about for years, in order to bring the Weirs "up to date" , will be in the works. Just a thought.

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Sounds like the owner has some BIG plans in the making!!
There have been activity on the large parcel above these houses. Excavator has been going some type of prep work.


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It IS very sad to see these beautiful old houses torn down.
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Default Weirs Beach demolition

Some years ago there was discussion on this Forum about "rehabing" Weirs Beach. Included in this discussion was mention of Hampton beach. Both Weirs Beach and Hampton Beach have suffered similar paths with respect to popularity with visitors and quality of "product" making visitors want to visit either of these places.

Hampton Beach was not a pleasant place to visit, visually, and not a safe place to visit, socially, and was quickly developing a reputation of a place to not go to. Weirs has been in a similar mode for quite some time, maybe a little more slowly, but, based on the activities of the 1950s, I'd say maybe just as bad.

Hampton Beach decided to change, and to this end they spent millions of dollars cleaning the place up. They also had a very aggressive Executive Director of their local Chamber of Commerce. Physically the place was cleaned up, repaired, painted, and new vendors came in. Socially the place was cleaned up by substantially increasing the police presence, putting some 'teeth' into the enforcement of local ordinances, providing lighting, parking, restrooms, and other amenities attractive to families. Hampton Beach realized that any tourist locale that has places in which visitors spend money must appeal to the parents because they are ones handing out the money to the kids at those places. So, if the overall ambience of the locale is acceptable to the parents, then they will bring their kids who will spend money. And, as a by product, restaurants, lodging facilities, and adult-orients retail will also grow.

So, Weirs could take a long hard look at the way Hampton Beach resuscitated itself and maybe learn a thing or two. Weirs is much smaller than Hampton Beach, but the internal components are relatively the same. A huge stumbling block to "rehabing" the Weirs is clearly the human factor involved, namely, the local government officials, the landlords of current facilities at Weirs, developers and others who want to make their profit up front, and the on-going question and problem surrounding the quality of the water in the Lake.

If the Lake quality diminishes, all of the above means nothing. With strong, clear-headed leadership, a substantial amount of money, and a plan that makes sense, the Weirs can be a premier location once again.
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The historic house at 76 Lakeside Avenue in Weirs Beach is proposed for demolition. This is the second house on Lakeside Avenue in from Route 3.The house was built in the 1880s and is about 140 years old. This was the former home of Hazel Tarlson Cannon. It operated as The Maples, a tourist home, and was later the home of Weirs Action Committee President and Laconia City Councilor Judy Krahulec.

The loss of this house will negatively affect the historical character of Lakeside Avenue and Weirs Beach. It dates from the early development of the resort, and would mark the first time a historic house on Lakeside Avenue has purposely been torn down. (Two other Lakeside Avenue houses have been lost, both due to fire - the NHVA's 3rd Regiment building in 1924, and Story's Tavern in 1991.)

The City of Laconia's Heritage Commission will be meeting at 5pm tomorrow (Thursday, November 12), at Laconia City Hall to discuss the proposed demolition. Please attend and make your concerns known.

Anyone with historic photos of the house is urged to post them here. McDude?

Thanks to Warren Huse for the following:

Hazel Tarlson Cannon, 86, proprietor of The Maples at Weirs Beach, died, Dec. 6, 1984. She had been a piano teacher for many years and had played for local dance bands. She was church organist at Trinity Community United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. Mrs. Cannon was married to Col. William Cannon, an early aviator at The Weirs (and who served in the Army Air Corps during World War II). As noted, she was a pianist; she is pictured in many photos of Tarlson's Tune Toppers and other musical aggregations of her brother, George Wesley Tarlson Jr., who was exceedingly prominent at Weirs Beach as merchant, band leader, head of the Weirs Water Co., captain of the Weirs Fire Department, state senator, bank trustee, builder of Tarlson's Arcade and a few other things.

March 21, 1985: Major William A. Cannon Sr., 85, of the Weirs, dies; noted aviator and businessman, who served in the Navy during World War I and the Army Air Corps in World War II, retiring from the Air Force Reserve in 1958. During the years immediately preceding World War II, he owned and operated the Weirs Seaplane Base and conducted government-sponsored Civil Pilot Training Program, using Piper Cubs on floats.
Does anyone know the current zoning for this location? i.e. is it residential or commercial?

I think the current zoning may have a lot to do with a request to demolish as someone can make some money by doing something else...
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The zoning is Commercial Resort. Which means the owner can build either commercial or residential. The one thing we sure don't want to see there is another parking lot/vending area for bike week. Since the owner hasn't come forward with any plans in conjunction with his demolition request, I'm afraid that might be just what he has in mind.
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With commercial zoning you can likely be 99% sure that it won't be another house.
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The Laconia Heritage Commission will be holding a public meeting on Thursday, December 9th, at 5pm. This will be a Zoom meeting, so you will be able to attend remotely. It is important that as many people as possible speak at the meeting. If you can't attend, you can still help by emailing your comments to codeenforcement@laconianh.gov. Attached is the public notice of the meeting.

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What is the issue you are looking to address? It is unclear to me


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The issue is, we don't want to see the house torn down, and replaced by a parking lot!
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The owners want to tear it down. No one knows what they are planning after, but you want to stop them. You could buy the property from them and do what you want to it. Just saying


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Default Please participate in the public meeting

I will be representing 76 Lakeside at tomorrow's hearing (Dec 9th) regarding its demolition/removal.

I encourage you all to attend & participate. I am looking forward to a good discussion about the past, present, & future of Weirs Beach.

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Not sure if this is the correct thread for this post but here goes. Well ..... whaddaya-no ...... dis here forum has a thread on everything ...... even when you forgets it already had a thread ........ or, something? .......

A photo ad showing an 1870 distinctive Victorian house, today on page 19, LaDaSun, Jan 22, 2021:

76 Lakeside Ave, Weirs Beach which is immediately next to the Boardwalk Bar and Grill NH at the corner of Lakeside Ave and Route 3, Daniel Webster Hgwy is for sale as a house only, to be removed from this location, for the price of one dollar.

... 1870 Victorian cottage with five bedrooms plus a separate, huge old barn, out back with a mother-in-laws apartment, or something

House must be relocated to your own property.

... preference for relocation near Weirs Beach and for preservation of exterior

Owners will contribute up to ten thousand dollars relocation expense.
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Appears the owner wants the land under the house, but without the old 1870 Victorian, and would like to see this old house moved to somewhere, nearby, in the Weirs where it will start a new life as a beautiful, old, happy, Victorian house ....... as opposed to being demolished ...... in order to free up the use of the 0.30-acre sloping hillside, view lot. ..... that is directly across the road from the large sandy public beach in Weirs Beach.

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You know that in 1967-1971, a large 1830s bridge known as London Bridge which crossed the Thames River in London, England was moved piece by piece to Lake Havasu City, Arizona where it was very successfully reconstructed across Lake Havasu by a real estate developer. So, compared to moving London Bridge from London to Arizona, moving this old house at 76 Lakeside Ave to a new happy home in the Weirs seems not so difficult.
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Not sure if this is the correct thread for this post but here goes. Well ..... whaddaya-no ...... dis here forum has a thread on everything ...... even when you forgets it already had a thread ........ or, something? .......

A photo ad showing an 1870 distinctive Victorian house, today on page 19, LaDaSun, Jan 22, 2021:

76 Lakeside Ave, Weirs Beach which is immediately next to the Boardwalk Bar and Grill NH at the corner of Lakeside Ave and Route 3, Daniel Webster Hgwy is for sale as a house only, to be removed from this location, for the price of one dollar.

... 1870 Victorian cottage with five bedrooms plus a separate, huge old barn, out back with a mother-in-laws apartment, or something

House must be relocated to your own property.

... preference for relocation near Weirs Beach and for preservation of exterior

Owners will contribute up to ten thousand dollars relocation expense.
............

Appears the owner wants the land under the house, but without the old 1870 Victorian, and would like to see this old house moved to somewhere, nearby, in the Weirs where it will start a new life as a beautiful, old, happy, Victorian house ....... as opposed to being demolished ...... in order to free up the use of the 0.30-acre sloping hillside, view lot. ..... that is directly across the road from the large sandy public beach in Weirs Beach.

............

You know that in 1967-1971, a large 1830s bridge known as London Bridge which crossed the Thames River in London, England was moved piece by piece to Lake Havasu City, Arizona where it was very successfully reconstructed across Lake Havasu by a real estate developer. So, compared to moving London Bridge from London to Arizona, moving this old house at 76 Lakeside Ave to a new happy home in the Weirs seems not so difficult.
Anybody who can remove his own dock in November, single-handedly, sounds like a lead engineer to me!
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Maybe this one here ..... www.geddesbuildingmover.com/services/ from Bow NH, "Get a quote - Reach out to us today!", is the one to use? That remarkable, high-ceiling, two porch residence up on wood blocks and steel rails in their photo has similar black and white outside paint!

Maybe move this old Victorian house onto the single railroad track that's very close by, just across the road, and move it to South Down Shores on a flat bed, railroad car. The empty railroad track could definitely use some business and actually make some money. Put that totally unused railroad track to good use with an 1870 Victorian house move! Will it fit on a railroad flat car?

Here's another plan for moving this old house and large old barn that could be a better move. Roll it down to the public sandy beach, across the road there, and load it onto a barge. With it onboard the barge, it could be barged anywhere on the lake, to an island or to a shoreline location. This actually seems like it may be a real doable moving plan if someone is seriously interested?

Have old 1870 Victorian house and barn - will travel: contact 76 Lakeside Avenue, Weirs Beach NH ......

Isn't it safe to say that it will, in all plausibility, get trucked out by www.spearsbrothers.com as demolished building debris! .....

Spears Brothers would /will likely salvage that giant old cupola atop the big barn and have it for sale at their Belmont recycled old building materials warehouse, along with numerous other interesting building items from this 1870 historic beauty.

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Attention: residential home sales ...... how sell-able is this property to a new owner/resident?

You know, instead of putting this 0.30-acre lot to some type of changed commercial use, maybe the owner could think about simply selling it to someone who will live in this old house which has five bedrooms, a large detached barn with a live-in apartment, the Laconia school system, excellent quality town water and sewer, plus a large bike-week sublet area, out front? Seems like a big winner all around, for some new family?

A few years ago, the city did a major redo of the sidewalks and road, out front, including removing the large number of overhead utility wires to underground conduit. So, the waterfront view for this old house has become very much improved what with the removal of all the electric wires which makes it more desirable as a home with a beautiful big lake view.

Plus, the new owner(s) has the choice opportunity to take a walk up the nearby, steep Tower St road, every morning for a 99-cent cup of Jo and a 3-dollar NY Times at the nearby Cumby store, and continue around, down Rt-3, back home. This particular Rt-3 section is very unusual for NH in that it actually has a real walking sidewalk for all the distance from Cumby's back down to Lakeside Ave, something very unusual around here. And who knows, maybe the totally unused railroad track will actually become a walking and bicycling trail, some day?

And by selling it, the current owner should be able to make a big fat gain on what they paid! ....
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Barring someone emerging at the last minute with an offer to rescue the building from the wrecking ball, the house will be torn down in the coming months.

The cost of buying another lot, preparing the new site, including a foundation and utilities, and then moving the building would be prohibitive.

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As was determined by the current owner 6 months ago.


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