1,500 neighbors sign petition to save historic home

PORTLAND, Ore. -- More than 1,500 people signed an online petition hoping to convince the new owners of one of Portland's oldest homes not to tear it down.

Kevin Rose and his wife received a permit from the city of Portland to demolish the house they recently bought in the Willamette Heights section of Northwest Portland.

The home, built in 1892, is one of the oldest in the city.

"We personally care because our kitchen window looks right at it," said Tom Giese, who lives across the street on N.W. 32nd Ave. "It's irreplaceable. There's no way anything like it is going to be built again."

Rose posted a reply to some of his angry future neighbors on the online petition.

He wrote that he originally planned to remodel the home but was forced to begin plans to demolish it once he learned of major problems that would be too expensive to fix.

"The costs were higher than we anticipated, and we knew we could never recoup that kind of money on a 100-year-old house," he wrote on

Rose wrote he offered to sell the home back to its former owner, although if that does not happen, he will move forward with the demolition.