Historic Preservation


Ever since I moved up here over 18 years ago, there has been a vacant (not abandoned) old stone barn for sale.  It sat on a small plot of green between a pretty big highway and a side street.  It was not crumbling, the stone was well pointed and the woodwork was always nicely maintained and painted.  I never understood why it sat there so long.  I imagine that the asking price was way too expensive for what could be done with the space.  It couldn’t reasonably be residential.  For a business, there would be sparse parking.  But, surely some enterprising soul could figure out a great use for this beautiful old building.  There had to be an entrepreneur with a heart for history and deep pockets to save it?

About six months ago, the For Sale sign went away and I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for this architectural gem.  I thought it would make a nice Antique Barn, or a specialty foods space.  I was born and raised in Charleston, SC.  If you know anything about Charleston, you know her sons and daughters are quite rabid about historic preservation.

Imagine my surprise when I rounded the corner off of the exit ramp one day to find out that the new owners had turned that beautiful barn into…

Digital Billboard Monstrosity

THIS?*

A digital billboard monstrosity.  They tore a piece of history down to its foundation.  For this.

People are assholes.  And greedy.  I really have no words.  Other than I will never buy anything from anyone that chooses to buy ad space on this blight.  I realize that my protest will have little impact on the said businesses, but it’s the principal of the thing.

*  I stole this picture off of the internet b/c when I’m driving down that highway doing 50mph, I am not pulling out my camera.

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3 responses to “Historic Preservation

  1. That kind of practice turns my stomach too. Absolutely shameful.

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