Daisy would have been disappointed, and so is Port Washington.
The so-called "Gatsby house," Lands End, built in 1896, was torn down April 16, 2011, marking the end of an era. Even though some say its connection as the model of Daisy Buchanan's house in the may have been exaggerated, there is no doubt that the demolition of this historic home has touched a local chord.
"Lands End was a landmark for me in several ways," said Port resident Wil Tibby. "It represented a gilded era when things were simpler and clearer. It was an architectural beauty."
Another local, Kathy Christie, reminisces about sailing Long Island Sound. Land's End was the first house she's spot returning after a day on the water, signaling she was home. "Destroying the home is destroying a piece of history," Christie said.
Many residents feel this way, and the feeling is not limited to locals. An article in the U.K. Daily Mail Online also picked up the story and posted heartbreaking photos of the crumbling structure. The author bemoaned the fact the no one would buy the property. But with a minimum of $2 million to just begin renovations, and a $190,000-plus annual property tax bill, it is not surprising that no one could be found to take on the task.
Lands End was located at 30 Hoffstot Lane in Sands Point, on more than 13 acres. Five new beautiful homes will be built on the site, according to local realtor Susan Stein.
Stein believes that because the house was beyond repair, the new homes will be a positive thing. The land can begin a new history. Perhaps a budding Fitzgerald will find inspiration in what in the minds of readers will always remain East Egg.