Slipped Disc raised a worldwide outcry some weeks ago at news that the house built by a great composer was being sold off for demolition to ravenous developers. The report awoke the Charles Ives Society, which made valiant efforts to buy the house from the composer’s grandson, Charles Ives Tyler, for preservation as a museum.
We’ve just had word that they failed. Mr Tyler accepted ‘a substantial offer’ from another buyer. The Society has posted the following notice:
“The Ives Society is disappointed to have been notified by the seller that he has acccepted a cash offer for the Ives Homestead.
We will update information on ongoing preservation efforts as it comes in. Contributions to the Ives Society for its efforts to preserve the legacy of Charles Ives can be sent to The Charles Ives Society, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, 20 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA 02155″
Damn, damn, damn.
UPDATE: Sign a petition to persuade Mr Tyler to think again.