The Rant – Pride in Lorain- How about her Historical Worth?
I was deep in thought this morning, as I was literally climbing all over the “Ship’s Captain”- at Settlers” Watch, getting ready for Pride Day- Saturday May 19th – 9:00 am. . The Ship’s Captain really does have a lovely old face and I was reminded of his worth as people stopped on Saturday and Sunday to have their photo taken with him and asked about the project.
He signifies, to those of us who still take “pride” in this old neighborhood, Lorain’s Maritime history. For those of you born and bred here – this is your history- it is fading fast. I wrote a few weeks ago about Lorain’s forgotten maritime history
how Lorain is missing out on a whole segment of a “tourist destination”.
I frankly think Lorain and all previous administrations and councils should hang their heads in collective shame. You haven’t got much time to decide whether or not Lorain’s history can help her present – it is going- going going ………..with just a few souls clinging on for dear life to her heritage in this city. The Black River Historical Society who fights for every crumb.It might not be so urgent if these homes had been maintained – One thing feeds another-
The Captain Wilford House- the Captain Gilmore House are not alone there are still a number of homes that have “tales to tell” - The Wurmser House for instance you probably pass this house everyday – those of you that drive along West Erie – the home of a renowned architect
Henry Oswald Wurmser
was a respected architect in Lorain and renowned throughout the state. He was responsible for designing many churches, businesses and residences. This may be one of the oldest houses in the Charleston Village survey area ( source Ohio Historic Inventory)
There is a lot of “buzz” re reclaiming Broadway and that is wonderful
Reclaiming Downtown Lorain Event – June 16th
The target area is Broadway from West 21st Street to West Erie Avenue. Work includes cleaning, landscaping, and painting of buildings. We need your help! This is a great project which promotes goodwill and community pride. Several groups have agreed to adopt a building for a much needed facelift!
600 Broadway- 1901 The Dollar Savings Company
and lo and behold Findlay has one of his homes on the US National Historic Register the Charles Bigelow House, – apparently Findlay thinks his work should be preserved- not his home here is Lorain these many years- confess it you just thought it another eyesore .
The house is for sale and has been it is located 1348-1348B West Erie Avenue- The house is in a bad state – how does Lorain justify trashing her history?
We, in Lorain under the auspices of Community Development applauded the Ohio Historical Society the Ohio Historic Inventory for this area. 1993 !!!!! and not a blessed thing has been done to preserve these homes of historical significance. Torn a couple down though.
ED Note – I did call Community Development this afternoon and no they had no record of anyone looking at the Wilford House situation and possibility of purchase- why would they?
So as I climbed all over the Captain this morning to preserve him… hanging on with one hand ( just like the historical societies) – stabilizing him with wood filler and stain so he will last a few more years, almost breaking my neck to do so – I got angry ( the anger that keeps me upright) –
Lorain needs to be stabilized Lorain needs her heroes, Lorain needs to look at the Ohio Historic Inventory and Lorain needs to get their finger out- before you have nothing left! Lorain has a worthwhile story to tell – so damn well start telling it, appreciating it and preserving it. It isn’t my history it is YOURS-
those of you who run this city- WHO LEGISLATE- ADMINISTRATE AND ENFORCE THE CODES??? look for the appropriate grants -purchase these homes which have such significance and try to promote her history ……. Do YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY – I know mine and I will tell you there is money and appreciation to made from Lorain’s past !
I will now get off my soap box because I got to vent- I got to put it down in cyberspace and will not hold my breath to see if anything ever comes of my latest vent – after all I have been venting about deteriorating Lorain for years and what has happened ? Nothing much…..just more of the same old same old
The Vorweck House
When Living Memory becomes History
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