October 29, 2006
In Fairfield, Another One Bites the Dust
THROUGH a funereal scrim of mist and rain, a three-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot 1968 colonial greets its final morning as 14 Sturges Common. The storm door, with its plastic floral wreath still attached, gapes wide in surrender to its idling yellow nemesis, a 16-ton John Deere 160C excavator with steel claws as large and fierce-looking as T-Rex toenails. The teardowns of Fairfield County are many and swift. We’ve all seen the smoking holes. But few have borne closer witness to the fierce, dusty dispatch with which one generation of housing stock is replacing another than Antonio J. Muriel, deconstruction artist extraordinaire.
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