Judge orders owners of giant house to tear down in 30 days

May 17, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A judge has given the owners of a disputed giant house in Sioux Falls 30 days to tear it down.

Judge John Pekas ordered Josh and Sarah Sapienza to demolish or move the house by June 16.

The judge previously ruled the house was not compliant with building standards for national historic districts. In January, the South Dakota Supreme Court ruled the owners must make the home conform to the neighborhood’s historical standards.

The Argus Leader reports an attorney for the Sapienzas asked for more time. He says the couple has submitted new plans to the Sioux Falls Board of Historic Preservation for its June meeting.

But an attorney for neighbors Pierce and Barbara McDowell says his clients have been living with the towering home for more than three years.

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