House On Main Comes Down

By: 
Darryl Woodson

The “Glass” house just north of the new Virginia Military Institute Corps Training Center on Main Street came down Monday morning, June 11, as VMI completes the landscaping around the training center and gets ready for the start of construction for the aquatics center, which is still probably five years away. Demolition of the 1,600-square-foot house at 307 N. Main St. was approved by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, which deemed that that house was not historically significant, according to VMI spokesman Stewart MacInnis. The original portion of the house was built by VMI founder J.T.L. Preston between 1869 and 1872 and added onto over the years. The house had 23 owners, including the Glass family which had owned the house for the previous 20-30 years until VMI purchased it in January of last year.

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