The Carpenters’ family home to be knocked down

Fans furious about plans to demolish house the duo grew up in

The home once inhabited by the Carpenters, immortalised on the front cover of the band’s 1973 album, ‘Now & Then’, is set to be demolished.

The house in Downey, south of Los Angeles, is set to be knocked down because the current owners, the Parra family, are sick of fans of The Carpenters taking photos, looking through the windows of the property and leaving floral tributes around it, reports BBC News.

Hardcore Carpenters fans are up in arms over the plans, with some describing the property as a version of Graceland, the late Elvis Presley‘s home, for fans of the band.

Jessica Parra, whose parents own the property and have already knocked down an adjoining building, spoke of the interference caused by fans, saying, “It became horrible, not only for us but for the neighbourhood.”

The Carpenter family originally moved into the house in 1963 before Richard Carpenter – half of the duo with sister Karen – sold it in 1997.

Karen died in 1983 aged 32 from a heart attack after complications relating to anorexia nervosa.

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