Thonotosassa, Fla.-(3/30/2014)-I've passed by this old house on a hill overlooking Lake Thonotosassa for many years. The house has been a part of the area landscape as long as anyone can remember. It's a great example of the old Florida.
Turns out the house was built back in the late 1800s by citrus grower W.S. O'Brien. The place used to be surrounded by groves when citrus was a big business here. The house is a Hillsborough County historic landmark.
Turns out that historic designation is a big contributing factor to the downfall of the old house. The place has to be maintained in keeping with the historic integrity of the building. Keeping the house up to that high standard costs a lot of money.
The owners of the house don't have the cash to keep the O'Brien house up to required levels. The owners haven't been able to find a buyer with deep pockets, so the decision has been made to demolish the structure.
This will be the first time ever that a building with historic status in Hillsborough will meet a wrecker's ball. Take A Last Look At The O'Brien House
Photo Credit Jerrie Hall