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Decision made to tear down parts of Napoleon’s this Monday

Thursday, Aug. 7 | By Julie Taylor
--Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
A final decision has been made on the controversial destruction of the slave quarters that are a part of the former Napoleon's restaurant. Demolition will begin Monday.

The historic building at 67 Waterloo Street, Warrenton, was badly burned on July 12, and the caution tape surrounding the site has barely moved as authorities debated whether to preserve the structure.

Sarah Sitterle, planning and community development director for the town, said that a constructional engineers report has finalized the fate of only the slave quarters and the addition that links the quarters to the main building. The building, also known as the Hunton House, is being treated separately, so decisions on that will come at a later date.

"The newest part--the addition, and what's known as the slave quarters were essentially beyond salvaging," said Sitterle, saying it was a "hazard."

The Architectural Review Board felt strongly against the destruction, and the main structure will need to undergo a review by the board.

"[We'll] keep working to try to preserve what can be preserved," said Yak Lubowsky, president of the Fauquier County Historical Society.

The damage to the historic house is extensive, and the roof is a complete loss.

"The structural engineer's report lists a range. Their opinion is that 60 to 70 percent has been damaged, in their assessment, beyond repair," said Sitterle.

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