The 9th Street side buildings in the Blagden Alley property were damaged beyond salvage by a large paulownia tree that had over time and through neglectful abandonment worked it way through loose mortar. Razing this building was understandable.
The stable/former auto repair shop however, faced the alley and was part of the history of the alley. Further, every building in Naylor Court and Blagden Alley has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1990 and thereby nationally recognized as a significant collection of buildings that together define the historic nature of the two alleys. This fact is usually lost in discussion, even within the community. It's the impact of the collection rather than the individual buildings that is important. These two alleys have been losing bits and pieces of the collection piecemeal over the last four decades.
Demolition began at the front of the property and proceeded westward. One day the building looked like this ...
It will be very interesting to follow how the developers recreate the stable in their own image from the rubble. It probably won't look much like a stable. Maybe they can come up with a name for the replica building that evokes at least a thought that this building was once a stable or auto repair shop.
The developers have assured the community "that the end product will not be any different from what we saw before." "What we saw before" however, did not reflect the original building but rather, the results of years of modification. This is now going to be immortalized as it has been in Naylor Court in the previous developer demolition.