Emporia

Can This Building be Saved: 331 Merchant Street, Emporia, Kansas

I was asked to write a support letter to the Heritage Trust Fund in support of this beauty.

 

My letter.

 

 

 

7 Responses to Can This Building be Saved: 331 Merchant Street, Emporia, Kansas

  1. Thank you Ross for doing your part to help save that diamond in the rough. Its really sad to see so many communities treat their greatest resources with total disregard. They can justify a tif zone to allow a big business to pay no taxes for a decade or two for bulldozing a “blighted” area and slapping up an eyesore, big box but see no value in helping improve or save an old beauty.
    BTW, love that patented “baby steps” method. It really works!

  2. Oh that building is gorgeous. I sincerely hope it finds an owner who lovingly restores it. I love the phrase no city demolishes its way to prosperity. Fingers (and everything else) crossed.

  3. Yes thank you Ross!

    I am just about to attend the first New Rochelle Preservation meeting. Our historic city is putting up too many high rises…although I must say that they are often incorporating historic buildings into the towers, for example a tower built on top of an 1920s movie theater and another is being built around an old classical style newspaper building from around the same period. Weird and sad but better than razing those old beauties. There was a lot of destruction of beautiful buildings in New Rochelle in the 1960s.

    Thank you for your efforts. That is a gorgeous building. Here’s hoping for a caring response.

  4. Your description of the Spanish-Mission style building is eloquent and spot on. What a shame if this were replaced with a parking lot. I’ve seen this too often in the past few years. What’s happened to Historic Preservation, it seems to have fallen by the wayside in favor of the almighty dollar. I hope your letter will make the Heritage Trust Fund think long and hard and know there are many, many people that agree with you.

  5. I agree it needs saved. I actually grew up in the cross house my dad lived there when I was little. I’m so glad you’ve done what you have to it!

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