The loss of thoughtful buildings is not restricted to the urban landscape, if anything it's more widespread in the countryside around our cities. Bank barns and proper farm houses are lost to the enlargement and "big business-fying" of agriculture, as more and more farmland comes under the tillage of bigger and bigger operations. In this case it appears the desire for a new house blinded the owners to the beauty and enduring style of what they had. Perhaps they never appreciated it to begin with?
Sadly, these houses that have stood the test of time, are replaced with buildings that I dare say won't weather the years as well, and certainly don't catch the eye in the same way, nor invite us to enjoy a summer evening on the front porch. A serviceable brick exterior and slate roof is replaced with fake stone and asphalt shingles. Proper form and proportion disappear and fake dormers and illogical exterior details abound on the new. There are better ways to replace an old house if necessary.
It is obviously being unceremoniously used as landfill at the back of the farm, little being recycled. The embodied energy that went into building this old house was low in comparison to the new house, and a lovely and character filled older home is gone and replaced with something ho-hum at best. A drive in the country to admire the landscape is now not as rewarding when I take this route, and I suspect other old house lovers feel the same way.