On October 6, 2014, Mead Road resident Vincent Lewis, one of Decatur’s first historic preservation commissioners in the 1990s, commented about this property before the Decatur City Commission. “One of the things that I did when I was on that commission is I went through the city of Decatur and took pictures of all the historical home types,” he said. Lewis added,
There was a gabled-ell on my street. I think it’s like address 240 [242 Mead Road]. That house has been totally destroyed. There’s no remainder of that gabled-ell and I’m almost positive it was the only one in the city of Decatur.
There’s a difference between renovations, remodeling, and tearing down. The only thing that’s left of that – I think it was about a ’13, ’18 [1913 or 1918] home is the front porch and the first room. It has a garage now that faces the street.
I don’t understand how things like that can slip through. There should be some respect for these great resources that we have in terms of architecture. I talked to a guy on the historical commission, he didn’t even know that the Swanton House was one of the oldest homes in the city. This is not acceptable and having – when you have less than thirty percent of a home still standing, that’s not a remodeling – the house looks nothing like it used to and I don’t think we need to continue doing that.
The comments are archived in the video from the city commission meeting at http://decaturga.swagit.com/play/10062014-866. Lewis appears at 11:05 minutes into the segment.