Most of us know that history can be found in books and documents, but what about the histories that live in our buildings. The last remaining Grand Old Ladies of Ravenswood may not stand the test of time.
The possibility of these genuine historic buildings at Riverfront Park being left to wither, decay and disappear is closer to reality than at any time in their storied history. For some these buildings hold valued memories; these structures carry history which reflect the communities past, and present. These artifacts are worth saving.
Why hasn't the historical association stepped forward and presented a plan to city council to save these historic buildings? Why hasn't the parks commission presented a plan to maintain and promote these treasures?
In a scenario that only our city council could want, these landmarks are being boarded up, left to decay, demolition by neglect. Why should these historic places be protected and conserved? To preserve cultural, historical, economic, aesthetic and environmental value. To provide a tangible link to the past. To create tourism opportunities. To serve as visual reminder of community history.
City council's vision is a nightmare. It's time to develop a vision to save this priceless sense of local history. Every resident should be distressed and dismayed over the condition of the last remaining treasures of the city. Don't take my word for it, go see for yourself, two of the most endangered historic sites in Ravenswood before it is too late.