Save old Television Park

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I was disheartened to hear that the old WJBF (Channel 6) Television Park was to be demolished. What a shame that this very unusual 1950s building will be just a memory soon.

Growing up in Augusta in the ’50s and ’60s, Television Park represented the optimism of the times, and for me was a bit of Hollywood on Reynolds Street. The unusual colorful structure looks like similar mid-century style buildings in Miami Beach and Southern California. I’m not sure which big stars visited Channel 6, but John Radeck, Terry Sams, and Georgia Cunningham with the Top 10 Dance Party had star quality to me.

This one-of-a-kind building, built just for television by former Augustan and financier J.B. Fuqua, is now being leveled so the property will have some other use – and hopefully not just another parking lot.

Maybe this could be a great structure for the Savannah College of Art and Design to open an Augusta campus. I sure wish we could find a way to save old Television Park and determine another use for it.

Joe Herzberg

Augusta

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TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 05/10/12 - 05:50 am
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Tear the ugly building down &
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Tear the ugly building down & make way for the new!

FriedFacts
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FriedFacts 05/10/12 - 05:54 am
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Honestly, that building is an
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Honestly, that building is an eyesore with its Miami design that doesn't fit into that area of the Riverwalk or into any historic theme for Augusta.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/10/12 - 07:07 am
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Other People's Money

The letter writer said:

Maybe this could be a great structure for the Savannah College of Art and Design to open an Augusta campus. I sure wish we could find a way to save old Television Park and determine another use for it.

What is this “we” bit? Do you have a mouse in your pocket? If you want to save the building (often called tacky by people with an education in architecture), then by all means buy it and save it.

The free market is on its last legs, and may disappear within the next four years unless voters come to their senses. But while there is still some semblance of a free market around, let it work its miracles.

Demolish this building.

Pu239
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Pu239 05/11/12 - 06:02 pm
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Azziz New Parking Space
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This must be where the new executive parking for Dr. Azziz is going to be located.....

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