Historic Arundel mansion is demolished

March 13, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The hydraulic jaws of an excavator took giant bites out of the Mazie Smith Stoll house in Glen Burnie yesterday morning, shaking the foundation of the Civil War-era structure and causing masonry and wood beams to collapse in a cloud of dust.

By dusk, the once-regal mansion at Crain Highway and Furnace Branch Road was but a memory, or at best an archival image on computer disc.

The owner of the 19th-century farmhouse, which historians think might have sheltered runaway slaves, hired a demolition crew last week to raze it.

Anne Arundel County had threatened to take owner Nageswara K. Karipineni of Clarksville to court if he didn't tear down the house, which has been empty since the early 1980s.

"That structure needed to come down," said William R. Bryant, the county's code enforcement administrator, who has been after Karipineni for years to secure the house against vandals or demolish it.

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