The Case Of The Disappearing House


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The whale may have swallowed Jonah, but new construction is swallowing an old house on Beach Road. The brown bungalow, which you can barely find among the new framing, had long ago seen better days, so the remodel could give a lift to the street. The new house is large, front to back and top to bottom, but a call to Verona’s Building Department confirmed that it is within the building rules for the lot.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


  1. Why is the old house still inside? Isn’t it going to be harder to get it out once it is framed? The roof is usually removed in large pieces. This is odd. I know because I lived through a total remodel just like this. We kept the original c.1890 2nd story exterior wall and window inside. It now forms the wall of our laundry room. It is a very cool decorating idea. But we didn’t leave the old roof inside:)

  2. I’m guessing the old roof will come off at some point. But right now it reminds me of Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel.


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