Historical Society’s stand on Center St. Home ironic
I can’t imagine I am the only one who sees the irony of the Historical Society choosing to bulldoze a historic building in the Center Street Historic District. I have yet to hear of plans for the space, other than green space immediately and, eventually, storage. Can’t storage be found elsewhere?
If we can’t look to the Historical Society to preserve what they have been entrusted, I’m not sure of the purpose of the organization.
I understand there are codes and regulations when building a structure for public use, but if the Noonan house it their idea of comparable architecture, we will most certainly have another eyesore on Center Street should they choose to demolish this house and rebuild.
The remaining houses on Center Street need to be preserved. The issue is about the streetscape, and to do anything but restore this house, at least on the outside, would be detrimental to the Center Street district and the city of Ashland.
Perhaps the Historical Society can look for space behind them or even off the grounds for storage. If they don’t care to preserve this house, selling it to someone with more vision should be a viable option.
Or, maybe they should look for grant money to restore it as bulldozing it cant’ and shouldn’t be the only course of action.