In a move seen as a victory for historic preservationists, the Smith-Coughlin House was back in one piece early the next morning after it was destroyed. The house, apparently exhibiting a strange survival instinct, rebuilt itself overnight in finer form than when it was torn down. It apparently upgraded itself to include a full Nortel PBX system, wired with fiber-optic network cabling, insulated windows, and an aquarium wall. In addition to the full-featured, modern kitchen with convection oven, the house was also completely decorated for Christmas. Cherokee Country Club officials were baffled, but would not comment for this article. Historic preservationists held an early morning vigil to celebrate the resurrection of the house.