NEW YORK—Andy Griffith’s widow received a permit to demolish the home in which he lived, The Associated Press reported. The news of the demolition upset his friends who had hopes of it being preserved.
According to Dare County records, Cindy Griffith received the permit on Monday, March 21, AP reported. Friends and county officials confirmed that the permit is to demolish the home on Roanoke Sound. The Griffiths built a larger house several years ago.
William Ivey Long, a costume designer who won a Tony Award for his work, told AP that Griffith planned to preserve the house, based on a conversation from 2007.
Griffith died last July. He is famous for playing Sheriff Andy Taylor on the Andy Griffith Show and the lawyer Ben Matlock in Matlock. For one of his last roles, he played a diner owner in the movie Waitress.
Cindi Griffith did not return AP’s calls on Wednesday. The will Griffith left did not mention plans for a museum on the property, the AP reported.
“When he gave her the power to do anything, I don’t think he thought she would want to do that,” Della Basnight of Manteo, a childhood friend of Griffith’s, told AP.
It is unclear if a demolition is scheduled. Calvin Gibbs, the contractor named on the permit did not return AP calls.