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Actor Andy Griffith’s widow announced plans to demolish the North Carolina home the beloved actor lived in for years.
The Associated Press reported that Cindi Griffith obtained a demolition permit Monday. The news was a disappointment to people hoping it would be preserved in honor of the actor, who died in July.
The home, located along Roanoke Sound, was purchased by Griffith in the 1950s. According to Griffith’s friend, costume designer William Ivey Long, the actor hoped would be preserved as a museum.
"We compared notes," Long said in a phone interview from his studio in New York City. "I had to fit mine into an existing museum. I told him, if you're doing yours, you can make it however you want it."
The actor reportedly wanted this museum to house items for his TV series The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, as well as items from his music career.
The couple had a second home built not far from the soon-to-be-razed home a few years ago.
There is currently another museum dedicated to Griffith in Mount Airy, his hometown.
The Epoch Times reported that a date for the demolition has not been revealed.