House are built bettter today. Better structurally, better insulation, windows, plumbing, electrical. Better appliances, floor plans.
Old 19th houses didn’t even have electricity plumbing or insulation.
Nostalgia is all old buildings have. And the new generation has no nostalgia for old crap shacks.
It may not amount to anything, but isn’t the woods used in older homes better than what is used today?
Not really. Sure some were built of redwood before 1900. Less chance of rot.
But houses are engineered today. Framing is built from engineered wood. Strong and earthquake resistant