The Walls of Wolfe Manor Come Crashing Down

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The historic Wolfe Manor in Clovis that has sat off of Clovis Avenue for 92 years, was demolished on Saturday. Many in the community went out to catch a last glimpse of the mansion, which served as a sanitarium for many decades. The City of Clovis deemed the building dangerous and an eyesore. But owner Todd Wolfe said the Wolfe Manor was a beautiful house filled with history. A house, he said, he wished he could have saved.

Brothers James and Mike Coburn, who are Clovis residents, were amongst the spectators at Saturday’s demolition. They said Wolfe Manor was a part of their childhood memory.

Mike recalled about the Wolfe Manor while it was a sanitarium, “We used to have people that would come out of there and walk on the street in their gowns.”

The Coburn’s said their great-grandfather received care when the Wolfe Manor was a sanitarium.

“He died in 1976 in that house,” said James.

They, and many others, said they wished Clovis could have saved it.

Mike said, ‘It’s a shame. I think Clovis should be ashamed of themselves for tearing it down. It’s a landmark.”

Athel Revis, another longtime Clovis resident said, ‘I hate to see it go down, you know? I want to see someone remodel it, you know?”

It can be argued that no one fought harder for the life of the manor, than owner Todd Wolfe. He purchased the house in 1997, with hopes of it being more than just a haunted house.

Wolfe said, “To tell this house’s story and to bring the house to life.”

The walls of his manor, which was built in 1922, came crashing down on Saturday, not only literally, but also in Wolfe’s heart. He said he was going to skip watching Saturday’s demolition, but decided to join the crowd of supporters.

“The wonderful messages they’re sending me, I felt like I had to come down. As hard as it is, but the love and support that we’re receiving at our household is amazing,” said Wolfe.

He said he needed nearly $750,000 to keep the house up to city code. But, he said he couldn’t afford it. Todd previously had said he was willing to donate the home, if someone was willing to move it off the property.

Wolfe said, “This house is international. It’s on five television shows, so I’m getting messages from producers, from Hollywood, actors, people across the United States sending their condolences.”

The City of Clovis said it paid about $50,000 for the demolition, and said it will seek reimbursement by placing a lien on the property.

Mike said, “Can you imagine if you would have turned it into a bed and breakfast? People would have come from all over the place to stay in there!”

Wolfe said he is going to start a new chapter, but does not know yet what he’s going to do with the property.

 

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