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Preserve landmarks, don’t tear them down

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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012 11:19 am

I read with interest the article in the Olean Times Herald (Sept. 16 edition, page A-4) on town of Carrollton leaders discussing proposed demolition of a beautiful old building in Limestone.

I am always in support of saving old buildings such as this one, formerly known as Casey’s Restaurant and originally The Limestone House. One important reason is that these old buildings, though some may be “dilapidated,” are structurally and incredibly sound and sturdy (unlike ANY built today, with cheap and shoddy materials that now seem to be used exclusively).

Therefore, I hope that the owner is not using that scenario as an excuse to raze this lovely structure. If he is, then why did he buy the building in the first place?

Also, you stated that the building is “an historic landmark.” Do you mean that the building actually has official “Landmark” status? If so, then I think it is definitely illegal to tear this structure down.

If it does not have official Landmark designation, why not? It should have. Applying for landmark status is hard work, drawn out and takes a long time but, boy, is it worth it in the end. People/owners should be doing this at the ready, and all the time, so that when someone later buys the landmark — say, for instance, your grandparents’ former home, or perhaps a building built by your ancestors — he can’t destroy this history.

There may not be the business in the area that there once was, nor the need for so many hotels or restaurants, nor for tanneries.  But, perhaps, one of the reasons for less interest in the area (or, less tourism, if that be the case) is that so much of the history is physically gone.

If the old buildings/structures were to become protected, you might find that the preservation would be a draw for bringing in more people/vacationers and tourists.

Certainly, saving, landmarking and protecting a very old building such as Casey’s Restaurant, a.k.a. the Limestone House, would make a lot of people in Limestone — and everywhere else — very happy and proud. It would also be a great lesson learned, rather than learning by losing the structure.

(Ms. Bucher lives in Almond.)

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