Historic demolition is sad

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I was saddened to see that demolition has begun on the historic Immaculate Conception School.

While I strongly support the redevelopment of the disadvantaged Laney-Walker area, it is my belief that the inclusion of these structures would have made any such efforts more successful. The handsome sanctuary and old school building, which were built more than a century ago, saw generation after generation of Augusta’s leading African-American citizens pass through their doors – but now the beautifully designed and crafted structures are lost forever. All of Augusta’s citizens are poorer for their destruction.

Augusta’s historic neighborhoods are our single most important competitive advantage with respect to other communities, often cited as “the best reason to live in Augusta.” We must do a better job of preserving them.

Tennent Houston

Augusta

(The writer is chairman of the Preservation Committee for the preservation group Historic Augusta.)

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Techfan
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Techfan 05/10/12 - 07:01 am
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Augusta should get a bulk

Augusta should get a bulk discount on "On this site once stood" signs.

FriedFacts
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FriedFacts 05/10/12 - 07:16 am
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Historic preservation is one
Unpublished

Historic preservation is one of the most important measures a city can take to create character beyond a neon tinsel town.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/10/12 - 08:02 am
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Put Up Or

The letter writer said:

While I strongly support the redevelopment of the disadvantaged Laney-Walker area, it is my belief that the inclusion of these structures would have made any such efforts more successful.

Sorry, Tennent, but your belief is incorrect. The Catholic Diocese of Savannah did an heroic job of marketing this property with its buildings intact, and no buyer stepped forward. The structures were impediments to redevelopment; and their demolition will lead to redevelopment quickly. Demolition is correct in this instance.

faithson
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faithson 05/10/12 - 09:07 am
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should have left the church

should have left the church as a cultural center for the area like Sacred Heart downtown. Seems there was plenty of money going around the laney walker district. Augusta shows its shortsightedness in many ways, this demolition being a prime example.

LuvMyTown
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LuvMyTown 05/10/12 - 02:28 pm
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We must do a better job of preserving them.

Clear and to the point. Great letter.

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