Historic North Tonawanda home damaged by arson fire

August 7, 2014 Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 6:32 PM EDT

By Jim Herr

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August 7, 2014 Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 6:32 PM EDT

North Tonawanda, NY - The home located at 208 Goundy Street is a burned out shell of its former self.

The stately home was built in 1889 for Alexander Kent, a self made business man and lumber baron. The home was designed by Stanford White, the architect of the New York Central Terminal and Madison Square Garden.

"It's a shock first of all. I cannot conceive why someone would destroy something so historic, it just boggles the imagination. Now why would you do something like that?" said Patrick Barnard with the Tonawanda Historic Society.