Demolished Glen Park cottage was not an earthquake shack

A crumbling Glen Park cottage was analyzed after it was demolished Tuesday and officials determined that it was not, as they had feared, a historic earthquake shack.

An emergency demolition order was granted by the Department of Building Inspection after the long-vacant building at 533 Laidley Street was found to be a safety hazard.

The roof was collapsing and the building was infested by termites, DBI officials said.

DBI asked the planning department to delay investigating whether the building was a historic earthquake shack because it was unsafe.

Earthquake shacks were used to house victims of the 1906 earthquake and fire.

After the cottage was torn down, an earthquake shack expert analyzed the remains, deputy planning department director Larry Badiner said during a Planning Commission meeting Thursday.

“It’s unfortunate that it was allowed to deteriorate, but it was not an earthquake shack,” Badiner said. “That is good news.”

 

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