ROCKLAND — A 145-year-old house in the city’s South End was demolished Tuesday morning, July 26, to make way for a new home.

The demolition was at 80 Crescent St. of a house built in 1877.

The new owner of the property, Janet Heimlich, had advertised the house for sale for $1 with the stipulation the buyer remove the house. The house was in very poor condition.

Heimlich paid $405,000 for the property — which is slightly less than one-tenth acre — with her initial plan being to restore the 1,400-square-foot house but decided against that after architects went through the building.

Heimlich, who had lived in Austin, Texas, said earlier this year she has wanted to move to Maine for years. Long ago, her family summered each year at a resort at Sebago Lake. She grew up on the Long Island Sound and wanted to be near the ocean. She came up here last year and looked at communities in the region including Belfast, but Rockland got her attention.

Heimlich said she loves the character of the South End and the new home she plans to build will enhance and fit into that character.

A permit has not yet been taken out for the new house.

The demolition is the latest in a handful of South End Rockland houses that have been leveled to make way for new housing during the past few years.

The former house at 80 Crescent St. in Rockland. Photo by Stephen Betts