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Carpenter house faces demolition
Richard and Karen Carpenter
The Carpenters enjoyed worldwide success
Fans of The Carpenters are objecting to plans to have pop duo's former family home knocked down.

The current owners of the house in Downey, south of Los Angeles, say they object to fans looking in the windows and leaving floral tributes.

They have already knocked down an adjoining building and have sought permission to demolish the main house.

Jon Konjoyan, fan of the act who had huge success in the 1970s, said: "This house is our version of Graceland."

Historic landmark

The five-bedroom house was immortalised when it featured on the cover of The Carpenters' 1973 hit album Now & Then.

The adjoining section included an office and rehearsal studio where Karen Carpenter collapsed before her death in 1983.

The family moved into the property in 1963 and it was sold in 1997 by Richard Carpenter a year after his mother's death.

Some fans have used it as shrine since, and have called on local officials to recognise it as an historic landmark.

Jessica Parra, whose parents own the house, said at first they allowed fans into their home and gave away items left behind by Richard Carpenter.

"But honestly, it became horrible, not only for us but for the neighbourhood," she said, adding that fans "peek in windows and take pictures".


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