Historic Preservation in Tempe

This GDT::Speaks got printed in the East Valley section of the Thursday, 17 November 2005, edition of the Arizona Republic.

The reason I needed to speak about "historical preservation" is that I am ignorant when it comes to historical preservation. I do know, however, that I've enjoyed the historic buildings located in places like Winslow AZ, Superior AZ, Cheyenne WY, Joliet IL, Pittsburgh PA, etc.

   An "historical building" is coming back to life on
   the northwest corner of Mill Avenue and Sixth Street.
   The building was built in 1912 and it was originally
   the Tempe National Bank.  On Sunday, 13 November 2005,
   we were walking down Mill Avenue (from the Lobsterfest)
   and noticed that the construction barricades had been removed
   so you could get a close-up view of the building.  I was
   immediately drawn to the architecture and craftsmanship
   that adorned the front-side of the building, but my spirits
   came crashing down when I touched the old building only
   to discover that it has a hollow facade.  I would have voted
   for tearing the building down rather than put a fake front
   on it.  Not only was it fake, but if felt cheaper than cheap.
   Fake and cheap--I hope this is not how Tempe defines
   "historical preservation."

[side-bar] For some reason, The Republic deleted our mention of the Lobsterfest.

I sent this GDT::Speaks about preservation to The Republic with reservations and was hoping they wouldn't publish it. Sadly, they printed this note while ignoring what I had to say about voting systems.


Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 15 November 2005