The 1917 home shown in the photo below was demolished today after the developer waited out the year long delay required by the Newton Historical Commission. See Boston Globe article here by Allison Pohle, "Teardowns spur West Newton Hill to consider historic district."
The realtor offering the house at 174 Valentine Street described it in the listing as "impeccably maintained" and "boasting artisan quality craftsmanship". Neighbors have been monitoring the felling of mature trees on the lot which fronts on both Valentine and Bigelow Road, and many gathered to watch the ultimate reduction of the home to a pile of rubble by mid-day today, as shown on the videos linked below.
Demolitions have been on the rise on West Newton Hill and in other parts in Newton, as reported in depth by Jonathan Dame in this July 2016 Newton TAB article, "Newton's big teardown:As demolitions increase, some areas impacted more than others."
These short video clips were taken on September 16th.
Video courtesy of Melissa Chaikof
Video courtesy of Kim Maire
Video courtesy of Deborah Costolloe of Catchlight Painting
Photo courtesy of Nancy Morrison taken on Sept 14th prior to demolition: