It’s Gone – The Goodall-McKenzie House on Salvio St. in Concord Has Been Demolished

May 12, 2014 14:15 pm · 79 comments

The Goodall-McKenzie House, located at 2460 Salvio St. in Downtown Concord (between Port Chicago Hwy. & East St.), has been demolished.

The demolition occurred this afternoon in order to clear out the land for future development.

We’re hearing there are currently no plans to build anything on the property, but when they do, it will be a mix of commercial & residential.

The home was built in the late-1800s by a man with the last name of Goodall, who was a Concord merchant.

According to the Concord Historical Society, Dr. and Mrs. George McKenzie made this their home sometime after their arrival to Concord in 1891. For many years Dr. McKenzie was one of only two doctors serving Concord and the surrounding area.

Thanks to everybody for the pictures!

Blink May 12, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Hope they allowed salvage of details unless trashed on inside,
Read about it in Concord history book bought at ace hardware

D May 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM

I am sad, but t has been an eyesore for quite some time. There is a whole strip along East street that needs to be updated and occupied.

Karen May 12, 2014 at 2:33 PM

So happy the bulding is gone-has been an eye sore for many years.

Sad May 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Sad to see such an old house torn down. Too bad it fell into such an eyesore. It was probably a lovely beloved home at one time.

Joey May 12, 2014 at 2:38 PM

I’m sad to see every bit of history around here being demolished, only to be replaced by buildings with little to zero character. I always enjoyed when seeing this house, and wondered about who lived there and their history, sad to see it go.

john jackson May 12, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Ill better that little car dealership will be gone to..

Teenager in the 70's May 12, 2014 at 2:52 PM

A few years ago, I used to drive by that house every day and wonder why someone would let that house sit vacant for so long. It was something to look at while waiting for the light to change green.

Was it haunted? I guess we will never know. Sorry to see another piece of history gone to the mega builders/developers in Concord.

Craig Cannon May 12, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Another Piece of Concord’s Wonerous Past, Erased. You Can’t Bring These Back. The Dome in Pleasant Hill, these 1800, Early 1900 Homes, like this, and others Slated For Demolition. Sad. Yes, a Bit of an Eye Sore Too. It’s a Decision, Tough to Make, Im Sure. Progress Hurts Us Sentimental Folks, and Fattens The Wallets of Developers. Such is Life in The East Bay.

BagsFlyFree May 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Only a few more buildings to go and this entire block is ready for a complete overhaul.

Fig Newton May 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM

That’s a sad sight,,,those old buildings are actually calming to look at,,takes you back to a simpler time,,, there are alot of eye sores in Concord that need the blade,,,, here’s my list 1650 Monument,,, an old gas station that looks like ____LL ! Valley Motel Clayton Rd & Babel, Mendocino & Clayton,,, Old Texaco Station! The Re Cycle place on Concord Ave needs to be razed,,and have a 7-11 there! That place on Concord Ave and Fremont is an eye sore!

LJ May 12, 2014 at 2:59 PM

We drove by when it was 1/2 gone and there was a huge swarm of bees chasing one of the photographers. (Was it Clayton?) An hour later there was an ambulance leaving the area–don’t know if it had anything to do with the bees. But by that time, the bees had gathered closer to the ground.

Yes, it was trashed, stripped, and soiled inside from homeless or drug users. There wasn’t anything left to salvage.

Liz May 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

I had a babysitter who lived there back in 1998, I stayed there a lot you could almost say I lived there

Anonymous May 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Sad aspect to this is that there was a very active hive of honey bees living in the house. I wonder if there was any effort put into relocating them to a new home?

@bags May 12, 2014 at 3:07 PM

“Only a few more buildings to go and this entire block is ready for a complete overhaul.” … i’d bet that’s the plan.

haji May 12, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Now lets take out those storefront “car dealerships”

RanchgirlCA May 12, 2014 at 3:16 PM

It’s sad to see an old home like this be allowed to fall into disrepair and be torn down. Houses today have no charm or character and are built quick and cheap. Sadly, this whole block and the car lot on the opposite side of Salvio need to go, but more residential and retail? Good luck.

the other jj May 12, 2014 at 3:20 PM

are they making room for the new olive garden

Chester E. Kitty May 12, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Really sad to see these old houses get torn down. I know that they become uninhabitable; however, still sad to see them go.

I really hope the bees were re-located. It’s very easy to do … just call a beekeeper and they will come out and take care of it. No need to kill them all!!

And for those of you that are glad to see this house go … I’m pretty sure you didn’t grow up in Concord!!

jtkatec @ Teenager 70's May 12, 2014 at 3:32 PM

I used to think the same thing. It looked like it had a lot of history. Always wondered why it was just vacant.

Bet it was wonderful on the inside prior to being vandalize.

john jackson May 12, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Possibly a wal mart?

Terry Kremin May 12, 2014 at 3:50 PM

And a bunch of trees on that block were also cut. Glad to see the City Council is consistent in its tree cutting policies.

ConcordDad May 12, 2014 at 3:51 PM

ok whats with the “thunder bird car dealership” on the corner? I haven’t ever seen anyone there and the same cars have been there for years!! Is it a front for something else?

I agree with some of the above. Why don’t we start tearing down these junky hotels and horrible shopping centers built in the 60’s and 70’s and save the true old stuff from the 1800 and 1900’s.

The Realist May 12, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Mixed use? “Dollar” discount store, “massage” parlour, and maybe a pot dispensary to round out the mix. The residential side? High density section 8 apartments.

So sad Concord, Thanks City Council.

W...T...F?!? May 12, 2014 at 4:10 PM

An eye sore? Really? It definitely needed to be restored, but it was a cool piece of 1800’s architecture and could have been a great landmark for the city.

This community has no class.

Rite Aid and Condos May 12, 2014 at 4:13 PM

There are a Rite Aide and Condos proposed for this property. Can you imagine living above or next to a place that sells cheap wine and within feet of the screaming elevated BART tracks? Sounds delightful doesn’t it?

So sad :-( May 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

I’ve walked by that place numerous times and felt so sad for it. Considering its age, it should’ve been preserved somehow for historic reasons at least. I LOVE old places. I kinda figured this one was going to be torn down. I’m glad it lasted as long as it did.

Concord1963 May 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM

That’s sad. Many times I have driven by that house and wondered of it’s history and why it’s owners or even the city didn’t keep it in good repair. I have always wanted to see the inside while imagining what it was like to live there long ago.

BagsFlyFree May 12, 2014 at 4:22 PM

@ Realist.. This area of Concord has too much of a microscope on it for those types of places to even be considered (new development).. This property will more or less become either a nice strip mall or mixed use commercial/residential 250-280k+ condos.. Hopefully the latter will get built with triple wide sidewalks and 16ft+ height commercial ground floor space.. As we all know Concord is 0 for 1 on successful new mixed use residential (See Renaissance).

BFF Out!

Don P - N. Concord May 12, 2014 at 4:28 PM

All the people crying about how the house should have been restored – Well why didnt you do something about it if it’s so important to you?

mojoduck May 12, 2014 at 4:33 PM

#20 a walmart It’s too small . remember the city counsel wouldn’t let a walmart ware Costco is because It would cause too much traffic , Costco no traffic impact ? Just demolish everything built before 2000 so Concord will look like every other town 3 shades of tan

Momo May 12, 2014 at 4:53 PM

It was a beautiful home. I remember as a teen when a lot of of Historic buildings were being torn down. Then concord actually went through a phase where they were relocating and restoring the historic buildings. It was great to see that happening. Now it seems it’s back to demolishing them. It’s a shame something could not have been done to prevent the building from reaching such a state of disrepair. But What can the city do when it is under private ownership. I’m sure it got past the point of being able to be restored.

Concord1963 May 12, 2014 at 5:01 PM

@Don – if I had the funding I would have. Why so quick to be so negative? Bad day?

Mr. Moses May 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Best Haunted House Ever! That building should have been in horror movies. Building was so cool.

I agree with the comments about the auto dealer. Place strikes me as a front for something…lol.

Kelly Anne May 12, 2014 at 5:27 PM

I always felt like I was back in time when I drove by that house.could almost picture the horse ridden buggies going down the dirt roads of concord.

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anon May 12, 2014 at 6:10 PM

I asked about that house on claycord a couple years ago. There is a post about it on this site somewhere. A lot of people posted some interesting info & history on this house.

Dr. Dick May 12, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Wasn’t that house owned by a German bank for years….they neither wanted to fix it or sell it. It was like finding a shell on the beach and pretending you could recreate the creature that lived in it. I wish they would tear down the “Unrentable Bank” on the opposite corner. That ’70’s relic needs to go!

Kelly Anne May 12, 2014 at 6:17 PM

And facing it from willow pass, I could picture the women in their long dresses hanging up laundry.

Triple Canopy May 12, 2014 at 6:22 PM

All structures that are 50 years or older are subject to potential historic designation under the California Environmental Quality Act. The structure could have been eligible as an architectural specimen of significance, historical place of significance, or of local historic importance based on the Concord’s development.

Was an historical evaluation prepared by a qualified architectural historian and reviewed before the Chief Building Official (or his designee) signed off on the demolition permit?

Or did Concord drop the ball again?

Terry Kremin May 12, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Concord Historical Society was contacted about the house. Regretfully the house was in great disrepair, including major foundation issues.

While we agreed with many sentiments express here and would have loved to have saved it, as the city provides no funding for us and very little support of any kind, it was just not possible financially to attempt the project.

That whole are back there should be made into a nice historic and arts section to protect it against massive over development and to help retain some of Concord’s heritage. It is to the point that it is hard to see any signs of just what an old and historic city Concord is.

Just me May 12, 2014 at 7:23 PM

It looked like about a year ago they fixing it up. I believe that they had it up on jacks. What happened ?

chef May 12, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Car dealer isnt a front. I know the owner, he became ill for a while and didnt do much. Now he is better and conducting business again. If you look at the main lot a few cars actually change every week.

AldrigeFamily May 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM

I kinda thought they were gonna restore it because they hadn’t tore it down with the other places. So sad to see it go, but it happens.

In it’s place is zoned mixed used before the usual negative comments flow people should really take a look at the downtown redevelopment plan.

concord May 12, 2014 at 8:21 PM

It was just WRONG to tear down that house. It should have been preserved. Like Concord needs a Rite Aid right across from Walgreen’s and a block from CVC.

Chester E. Kitty May 12, 2014 at 8:31 PM

@Don P – N Concord … Sure … I’ll help save it with all the funds I have left over after paying my own house payment! Seriously … just because we can’t help save it doesn’t mean that we can’t say we are sad to see it get torn down.

Sure wish I could have got a piece of that gingerbread trim on the top of the house … or the porch railing …

RunDogRun May 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Really depressing. Take down
something beautiful but neglected
and put up something modern,
cheap, and ugly in it’s place …
like that Bank Of America debacle.

concord kid May 12, 2014 at 8:39 PM

I loved that house & so did my dad. Too bad it’s gone. At least we got to save that old Masonic temple. Btw I’ve heard before that this old house was actually a whore house. Lol don’t know if it’s true, but I wish they didn’t demolish it.

Shelly May 12, 2014 at 8:40 PM


Just me May 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Chester, I would of loved some of the ginger bread also

old lady May 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM

A historical building like that should have been saved as a site to the past. 🙁

The Realist May 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

BFF: considering the dismal track record of downtown redevelopment, I wouldn’t want overpriced condos with <50% occupancy and commercial space with 0% occupancy either (Like Renaissance)

The Concord city council should have pushed for restoration, maybe turned it into a museum of sorts. But alas, developer money talks …etc. etc.

Jim Shoes May 12, 2014 at 9:13 PM

That’s too bad. I always wondered about the history of that house and didn’t realize this was the house being torn down until I saw the photos. Too bad. Too bad the heirs wanted the money more than they cared about preserving their own history.

Jim Shoes May 12, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Scratch that. Confused this story with the one last week. Although this too is/was a lovely home which should not have been demolished.

Michelle May 12, 2014 at 9:23 PM

A whore house? Really? It should have been ripped apart!

ConcordMike May 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Sad to see progress these days. I think Concord missed their mark in preserving a lot of history. But, oh well.
Progress will prevail I guess.
Since it is, I would like to see this block, the old Blockbuster block and the Dog Hotel block all affordable housing mixed use that residents could walk directly to BART via connected bridges between each block, so commuters wouldn’t have to cross streets to get to their trains.
Just a thought.

me May 12, 2014 at 10:09 PM

I’m so pleased to that there are others who are sad it is gone, I thought I was alone in my affection for that house.I walked by it all the time on the way to the library and would dream about having millions of dollars to restore it to its former beauty. Then I would realize that I could probably build a brand new one that looked identical for less than it would be to fully restore it. But I’m not sure you can put a price on history.

who? May 12, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Bike trail by willows needs to be constructed on this patch 6 story apartments maybe lil retail this is downtown so d.t. Plan bike route willows needs to have a huge club or somewhere over tgere also huge patch on corber of oakgrove rd n monument b. Behind o.s.h. Detroit has two huge patches acres multiple so does market st. Meadow ln. Pine st. Etc. eats olivera willow pass…….

Tomthumb May 12, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Who made up the rite aid rumor? Just read the Aldridge link and all of your assumptions are dead wrong. No rite aid no strip mall no Walmart .

Dave Granger May 13, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Yes, I was there when the beekeepers were called. Feisty little buggers, one got me in the face.

anon May 13, 2014 at 6:33 AM

What is going to happen to the old Masonic temple building on Treat Blvd. The building has been vacant for years?

anon May 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Clearing the land for future development? Does this mean more condos coming to downtown? I’d rather have the abandoned building than more condos.

Durwood May 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Can we get southbound Port Chicago extended by at least 1 block now?

Reality Slap May 13, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Clearing the land.

Translation: Mixed used buildings. High density living. More traffic.

Rather ironic when you think of the great house from a simpler era that was allowed to slip into disrepair until it was torn down. But then that’s Concord, one big ass irony.

Fig Newton May 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Thunderbird Auto Mart needs to go!!!!!!!!! It’s not fitting in to that area! They ought to move to a Warehouse on Shary Circle! That 76 station on Willow pass is another dump!

Richard Harp May 13, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Sad to see it go, but with the advanced decay it probably wasn’t moniairily feasible to re construct to meet current commercial codes. Its a shame it went to the dumpsters. There is a HUGE market for old lumber and building components. Concord might have made a few bucks in the process. But knowing the litigious society we live in the liability would be too great to allow a de-construction project. I think the comment about extending Port Chicago southbound is brilliant!!

mssamjan May 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM

This house had a lot of people who cared about it but had no way of purchasing it or helping it. The block was sold to a developer who is out of state, the owners refused to have it become a historical landmark – so as not to have to abide by rules and regulations – and who are now trying to sell the property…so there are no plans put in front of the City yet – it will be years – by the time they sell the property – get designs…permits…it will just sit there empty. The City said it had ordinance problems (homeless and vandals), and the buildings had asbestos. They treated that last week.
I, for one, am truly sad to see it go -I’m sad to see that no one was able to protect it and give it a chance- it was near impossible to find the developer. It had a lot of history – John Goodale, a merchant, had built it around 1876 -the Assessor’s office showed an assessment for $1,000 for merchandise in 1884. Dr. McKenzie started a practice with Dr. Neff in 1891. He extracted teeth, fitted eyeglasses and did his own lab work. Before there was electricity, his daughters would ride a bicycle that supplied the generator with “pedal power”. He was also one of Concord’s first drivers and the city council had to warn him to slow down as he loved to travel at 10-15 miles per hour!

In 2002, the house was scheduled to be demolished, but the Historical Society protested and won until now.
Did you notice it sat sideways to Salvio with the entrance on East St….it used to sit in a vineyard and that’s where Salvio Street ended.

Cowellian May 14, 2014 at 7:47 AM

That’s a fascinating history.

Mimi (original) May 14, 2014 at 8:49 AM

@Fig Newton – all your calls are dead on! I will miss the old historic green house, I pass by it everyday. I’ve had happy fantasies about renovating it, moving it, and living in the past in it. So sad.

Skippy May 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM

So sad. Loved looking at it while waiting at light. Read about it in Concord history book. Couldn’t someone have moved or saved it?

deb May 14, 2014 at 12:57 PM

So sad to see that concord historical society let that one go….the last thing we need here are more apartment buildings that will house more drug dealers….come on concord…

Teacher Wannabe May 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Would have loved to buy it and fix it up as a haunted house for Halloween. Perfect.

Suzanne May 14, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Too bad, this house had great historical value, but it makes absolute sense.

white bread May 15, 2014 at 9:02 PM

I managed to pick up a few gingerbread pieces after dark. Its a shame that Concord doesn’t try harder to save pieces of its history.

mssamjan May 15, 2014 at 10:52 PM

That’s pretty neat.

mssamjan May 15, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Just curious..does anyone have pictures of the inside?

Marianne May 16, 2014 at 12:22 AM

I’m pretty sure no one even thought about its historical value until it was torn down; much less take pictures when they went to get candy.

mssamjan May 16, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Well, a lot of people have been concerned about this property for a quite awhile…the Historical Society was involved the best they could…

Natasha Paul May 21, 2014 at 12:58 AM

I always called that place the Boo Radley house. I had fun imagining what it used to be and why it ended up abandoned. Thanks for providing the true history!

Davilo May 24, 2014 at 1:05 PM

A lost opportunity to save one of the few remaining architecturally and historically significant homes in Concord. Being overshadowed by the Galindo home and Masonic Temple projects certainly didn’t help, but the final outcome was determined by the city’s voracious appetite for redevelopment and an apathetic public.

I’m amazed to hear people claiming that this house was an eyesore. I always thought of it as a beautiful and charming old house surrounded by nondescript, unattractive commercial buildings.
There used to be a lot of mature trees and large plants growing on the property. I guess the fact that these were recently cut down is a pretty good indicator of impending future plans to use every square inch of the property for new construction. Why not keep the trees and turn the property into a park?

There are some good photos of the house (no interior photos) taken in 2011, here:

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