A pile of rubble is all that is left of an abandoned house at Christmas Hill Park. Photo courtesy of Miller Red Barn Association

A dilapidated house and trailer that have stood vacant for decades at Christmas Hill Park are no more.

Demolition crews tore into the structures last week, leaving nothing but an empty dirt lot.

In March, the Gilroy City Council approved a $57,000 contract with Silicon Valley Group to demolish the derelict buildings.

According to a lead hazard report by Benchmark Environmental Engineering, the home was built in 1951, and is thought to have been vacant since the City of Gilroy purchased the Ranch Site of Christmas Hill Park from the Filice family in the 1990s. The construction trailer is left over from the 1996 DeBell Uvas Creek Park Preserve Restoration Project.

Over the years, vandals have stripped the house, which has attracted squatters. Photos from inside the building taken by inspectors show trash piled from floor to ceiling in some rooms, with evidence of a fire having sparked inside a bathroom.

The home and trailer sat next to the Miller Red Barn, which has been undergoing extensive work following a series of grants from Santa Clara County.

Workers clear the site where a house and construction trailer once stood. Photo: Erik Chalhoub
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Erik Chalhoub joined Weeklys as an editor in 2019. Prior to his current position, Chalhoub worked at The Pajaronian in Watsonville for seven years, serving as managing editor from 2014-2019.


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