More than a dozen descendants of a man who built a historic Portsmouth cottage are asking for time to save the building from demolition.
The 38-room Carey Cottage in Creek Farm is currently owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. The Portsmouth Herald reports spokesman Jack Savage said Thursday it has already applied for a demolition permit.
The Forest Society recently announced it will preserve the Music Room of the shingle-style cottage, but demolish the rest of the building. The family of the cottage’s builder Arthur Astor Carey is asking for time to find money to save the building.
Savage says the Forest Society has already spent the better part of two decades attempting to find a nonprofit to rehabilitate the cottage.