--October 20, 2016.
The house at 1395 Overdale Ave. is a mess, its smashed windows boarded up, its walls covered in graffiti. It hasn’t been occupied since police evicted squatters in 2001.
But not all the damage is the work of 21st-century vandals. The pockmarks on the grey-stone façade are from a much earlier assault — 1849, when a rioting mob fired gunshots hoping to kill the mansion’s owner, Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine.
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