I feel the same about old schools, hospitals, churches, warehouses, and most anything that was built well and has withstood time and the wrath of Mother Nature. The way I size these things up, if it's been around longer than me, than it needs to be rehabbed if possible. There's so much history and character in our old buildings. Tearing them down for something new and modern is cheaper and easier, but not always better. It seems that the older I get, the more I say this, and the stronger my feelings become.
I live outside of Charleston, South Carolina. One of the things that factored into my relocation decision years back was that they appreciate old buildings here like I do. People visit historic places like Charleston, Fenway, Savannah, Georgia, and the French Quarter of New Orleans because of their age and history. Looking at my opinion while factoring in tourist dollars helps to make my point; it is worth it to save old buildings...spending money to make money.
|A great picture of the front entrance of Fenway Park (by Gary Paul Smith)|
Gary's Ballpark Blog
|Charleston, South Carolina|
|The French Quarter of New Orleans|
|The Over-the-Rhine district of Cincinnati|
Jump to Over-the-Rhine - Part 2 (October 23, 2013)
History of The Over-the-Rhine