While working on this story on the Nationals stadium, I had the pleasure of finding and interviewing Kenneth Wyban. For a time, Wyban was the media’s go-to-guy when they needed a stadium victim. He was one of the people whose homes had to be demolished to make way for the ballpark. He was in the process of renovating his 1850’s era brick house. He wanted to turn it into a bed and breakfast.
Anyway, Wyban e-mailed me just before my story was finished. He just remembered what he ended up doing to the innards of his historic home. Here’s what he recalled:
“Don’t remember if I told you this Jason, but the couple days before I moved I donated as much of my house interior to a company called Second Chance out of Baltimore, Maryland, they came through my house and took all my fireplace mantle’s, some antique furniture my Vulcan commercial stove out of the kitchen, pocket doors, moldings, and staircases, and transom windows above each of my interior doors. Watching my house gets stripped felt terrible, however I knew the materials would be used in other people’s homes. So in a way my house would continue to live on. Mr. Elvert Barnes, was able to get the last pictures of my house when it was stripped. I really hate looking at them.”