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Demolition Of Yorktown's Knapp House Begins Thursday

Demolition is under way on Yorktown's Knapp House.
Demolition is under way on Yorktown's Knapp House. Video Credit: William Primavera

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The demolition of an 18th Century house across from the Staples Plaza at 3372 Old Crompond Road began Thursday morning despite many attempts for its preservation.

The house was constructed by the Knapp family before the Revolutionary War. It has stood there for more than two centuries, according to J-F de Laperouse, a member of the Yorktown Historical Society and town Landmark Committee.

The Knapp House is being demolished to make way for Crompond Crossing, a 26-unit affordable housing building that will be constructed along Route 202 across from BJ's Wholesale Club.

While de Laperouse was not able to save the entire house, he retrieved the main doorway, five "eyebrow" windows and a large patch of wallpaper from the 1920s, according to Bill Primavera of Yorktown's Landmarks Preservation Committee.

"J-F and I will scout around the debris to see if anything else can be retrieved," Primavera said. "It will take a couple of days before it's leveled."

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