|The new view from Barcliff Avenue looking toward Chatham Harbor.|
The house now under construction, even in its skeletal form, sits smack in the middle of the view the public previously enjoyed from Barcliff Avenue. The final product will likely be another Polhemus Savery DaSilva behemoth, a Frankensteinian hodgepodge of architectural styles and pretentiousness that's out of sync with its natural and man-made environment. I know nothing of architecture or the firm's process in developing projects like this; I do know that in my view, most of their buildings are ostentatious and look as much like Cape Cod as a 20-story steel-and-glass office tower.
I run by the spot multiple times a week and I've watched the house go up. As I head up Barcliff, away from the water, I always look back to see how much of the harbor and outer beach still remains visible. It looks like a sliver may remain open, depending upon the final landscaping and ornamentation on the McMansion. But nothing like the panorama at the end of Water Street or Seaview Street.
Another piece of Chatham is being removed from the public. What will be the next disappearing view?
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