The blog Scouting NY tells the story about this beautiful old house in Richmond Hill, Queens, which was built in 1905 and owned by a local preservationist named Nancy Cataldi. After her death it was sold and was “renovated” by its new owners.
I don’t have the heart to post the photos of what it looks like now here. But if you think you can handle it: The Saddest House in New York City.
(Thanks to Pauline for telling me about it.)