'Gatsby Mansion' Torn Down
Demolition started Saturday on Land's End
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2011 8:37 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Shed a tear, literature lovers: The 25-room Long Island mansion said to have inspired The Great Gatsby is in the process of being torn down. The demolition of Land's End, where parties in the 1920s and 1930s were attended by the likes of Winston Churchill and Ethel Barrymore, began Saturday, the AP reports. It will be replaced with five $10 million houses. Click for more background on the storied mansion and its financial woes.

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Apr 18, 2011 4:51 PM CDT
It looks like it'd be a real money pit, falling apart at the seams, but how many literary sites do we have in this country? If we tear down Tom Sawyer's fence in Hannibal, and Faulker's house, a couple of Steinbeck structures and bulldoze the Hemingway house in Oak Park, that should pretty well be the end of it.
Apr 18, 2011 3:49 PM CDT
This is the problem with America. Instead of treasuring and maintaining our nation's history, we just tear it down.
Apr 18, 2011 11:24 AM CDT
I must admit it is a shame to loose such an important historical and literary monument, although I think if the owners thought it wasn't possible to restore the building then it should be knocked down to make way for new homes. Another reason why you shouldn't build houses out of wood!