Down Goes the Bunting House

Demolition begins at 5901 Ridge Ave.

A day after a Hail Mary court gambit by local neighborhood groups to preserve a Victorian home failed, construction crews began demolition at 5901 Ridge Ave.

The Bunting House met his fate Friday morning when workers took the wrecking ball to the 1880s home formerly owned by Dr. Ross Bunting, a prominent Philadelphia physician in the early 20th century. A Court of Common Pleas judge ruled against an injunction to halt demolition.

Property owners Giavannone Construction acquired the home along with neighboring Ridge Avenue buildings and secured city permits to demolish the structures to make way for a vacant lot.

The Central Roxborough Civic Association led a charge to preserve the historical—but not historically registed—home, but negotiations, and later, judicial action fell through.

Frank Giavannone has testified in court that the investment group behind the project sought fast food, medical and banking clients to take over the existing property. However, the ancient buildings internal conditions yielded no buyers. Additionally, some of the buildings have been vandalized and burglarized since becoming vacant.

No set plans exist for the property, which occupies a prominent Roxborough corner at Ridge and Roxborough Avenues. 

Construction crews Friday began at the rear of the Bunting House. Permits also exist to demolish 5905, 5907 and 5909 Ridge Ave.

joan December 19, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I drove by the empty lot today and felt such anger! Why don't we just hand over all our beautiful homes and buildings and let the developers put up their ulgy cookie cutter houses and buildings and they walk away. Rox has lost so much of what has made us, and it dosn't seem like we can stop them. They will lie to get what they want, money, while we lose our indiviuality and our beautiful buildings. Lets all boycott whatever business they put there! Lets show we can't be pushed around any more.
Jessica December 19, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I agree joan. I will def be keeping check on the future of this lot and i'll be at any community mtgs. held trying to do my best to stop FAST FOOD from entering our neighborhood.
Debbie Thomas December 19, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I think Giavannone aka Richard Head Construction is giving the residents and neighborhood organizations the middle finger. They way they're handling this demolition shows that they're so full of you know that that they're eyes are brown. (Hope my comment doesn't get deleted....I toned it down for acceptance). Sorry but I am still angry about how this whole thing was handled, especially considering that someone actually went through the process of renting/buying the Bunting House. I too will do everything I can to stop fast food from coming to Roxborough.
Takeachillpill March 14, 2013 at 06:57 AM
Bring on the fast food place. You people need to take a chill pill.
Frank Giov****ne March 14, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Roxborough, like it or not, you're getting fast food... Deal with it. y'all should be afraid of what i'm gonna do next


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