Dick Van Dyke Childhood Home Condemned
Dick Van Dyke could use some tuppence for his childhood home in Danville, IL that has been condemned. Dick Van Dyke told Commercial News he was sad to hear the house he and his brother Jerry Van Dyke grew up in at 930 N. Hazel Street could be demolished soon if nothing is done with the home.
He also said in the interview that “Danville was his whole universe and I just loved my childhood there.” He even took to Twitter last week thanking CN for the interview.
Dick Van Dyke will turn 90 in December and recalls a lot of fond childhood memories. He said: “In those days, no one micromanaged their kids,” Van Dyke said. “When school was out, summer was ours. We were barefoot and would go skinny dipping in the Vermilion River and we would bicycle out to the lake. Life was just wonderful.”
Those words made me think about how much I wish we could go back to simpler times and let our kids run wild in the summer like Van Dyke remembers.
Condemned Dick Van Dyke childhood home
I find it incredible that the city didn’t know the house is where Dick Van Dyke grew up. Now that the city of Danville knows how significant the house is, I hope steps will be taken to save it. If renovation is possible, I believe many a Dick Van Dyke fan would love to tour the home.
Do you have a favourite “The Dick Van Dyke Show” episode? One of mine is “It May Look Like a Walnut” when all Twilo-ites have two eyes in the front and two in the back. They lose their imagination and their thumbs! It scaraed the heck out of me when I was young.
House photo and Source: Commercial News
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