For the residents of Harbor Place North in Goodland an era ended Monday when the cottage built by Winfield Baldwin for his wife Cass in the 1950s was demolished.
Owner Alan Sandlin explained that a water pipe or the hot water heater must have burst last spring before the water was turned off for the summer. The water and subsequent mold damage went undetected until December when winter tenant Rita Headline, from Fairbault Minnesota, arrived for the season.
“It breaks my heart. I don’t want to talk about it,” said Rita.
A Goodland neighbor, Pat Ascher, was with Rita when they opened the door.
“A terrible smell of mustiness hit you right away and the linoleum floor felt like it was floating,” says Pat.
Cass and Winfield raised a niece, Joan McDonald, as a daughter.
When Cass passed away Joan and her husband Carmen Tedeschi inherited the property. They spent winters there for many years. Each year their high school friends, Margie and Jac Hart, came to spend February with them.
Joan passed away in 2002, Jac in 2003 and Carmen in 2004. Margie, now 80, still spends February in Goodland, staying at a home on Sunset Avenue. Margie laughs to recall how she would tease Joan by telling her she had a hundred dollar house with a million dollar view.
Demolition day started at 7:15 with the delivery of the first of four construction site dumpsters. Demolition continued through the heavy rains and was complete by 3 p.m. when the heavy equipment was removed.