Historic Lexington house gets reprieve

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ) -- An historic house got a reprieve from demolition last week.
The Sheridan House in Lexington was heavily damaged by fire in February, and its owners said the insurance evaluation for repairs made saving it too expensive.
But the Lexington Architectural Review Board turned down the request for a permit to demolish the house. A number of preservation groups and citizens had been fighting the demolition plans since they were announced.

“The potential for the building, because it’s in the Lexington Historic District, which is on the state and national registers, it has great potential for somebody who’s looking for a rehabilitation project to take it on,” says local historic property specialist: Leslie Giles.

While they continue on the next step in the process – an appeal to the City Council – the owners have said they would be happy to sell the house for the assessment they got for the land alone: $90,000.