Monday, December 21, 2009

Seymour Perkins's house -- demolished

Remember Seymour Perkins, who died in February 2009 while still fighting to keep what was left of his house?

That house has now been destroyed.
SAN ANTONIO -- It took two years to bring down one house on South Hackberry. It was known hangout for prostitutes and drug addicts as well as a worry for parents of children who go to school just steps away.

The homeowner, a man who called himself Reverend Seymour Perkins, served time for drug possession. He was a folk artist who passed away earlier this year.

On Monday, his son and the family moved forward after a judge's decision to demolish the building.

Roland Perkins "I’m glad it's done, but I don't like the way [the city] did it."
(from WOAI-TV)

Is Perkins's story finally over? Is this the conclusion of the final chapter, and now we have nothing but the memory of a good read?

Or will it never really end?

You decide.


Dave said...

I was very intrigued by the whole Perkins issue. I sure wouldn't want his home sitting in my neighborhood, and having actually driven by the place a few times, it was a scary looking place - given the all the elements.

I saw him outside and would have liked to stop and talk to him but to be real honest, I was intimidated by the "neighbors" that seemed protective of him as the media spotlight was on.

Call it a freak show or call it art, the house and the yard did not make for Neighbor of the Year material.

AlanDP said...

I just read that route again last week. There are still a lot of other abandoned shacks that should be razed in that area.