Archive for October, 2012
The winds whipped , tore , howled in anger and made themselves known throughout this city and in Charleston Village. As the mariners, of old, watched the waves and steered a course to home in those by gone days our Ship’s Captain could do no less
but not to be outdone by mother nature the demo men came
At Halloween, when fairy sprites
Perform their mystic gambols,
When ilka witch her neebour greets,
On their nocturnal rambles;
When elves at midnight-hour are seen,
Near hollow caverns sportin,
Then lads an’ lasses aft convene,
In hopes to ken their fortune by Janet Little
Lorain: Trick or treat is now scheduled 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 Mayor Chase Ritenauer.
The Morning Journal has an article this morning with video
“Uncertain future: Lorain hopes to find new use for Carnegie Library building (with video)” RICHARD PAYERCHIN
After recent city efforts to demolish nuisance homes, a rumor has spread that the city administration aims to tear down the Carnegie Library, Lorain Safety-Service Director R. Michael Fowler said. That is not true, Fowler said.
“We’re not demolishing it,” Fowler said. “I can tell you unequivocally that during our administration, we have never discussed demolition.”
That comes as welcome news to local history enthusiasts at the Black River Historical Society and the Charleston Village Society Inc.
Update: I have spoken with the current administration and some council members- there doesn’t seem to be any plans for demolition– however this issue of this building does need to be addressed – what are the plans- can it be renovated for a useful purpose and we need to go on the record stating its worthiness to the community . Unfortunately these old buildings need the TLC and maintenance otherwise we have the 770 Broadway ( Ghoulardis) building going from a viable building to demolition in a few short years.
This month’s issue of the Black River Historical Society’s newsletter tells the tale of woe – Click on photos to enlarge
Does the City of Lorain want to tear down the historic Carnegie Library building?
You can find a plethora of information on Dan Brady’s Blog -including the series Then and Now
In 2011 the city began looking at the selling off of some of its park land :
The city will file a lawsuit to remove deed restrictions that state Lorain can use the building as a library, City Hall or park, said Councilman Myroslaw “Mickey” Silecky, who is chairman of the Building & Lands Committee.
The two-story building, a former Carnegie library, was home to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Currently, the city uses it for storage of office supplies.
This building – once the pride of Lorain whose fellow buildings are a source of pride all over the world – has been left to sour and decay- where as other communities embrace their connection with Andrew Carnegie
Lorain well just another name to add to the list of forgotten pride…….
A Carnegie library is a library built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929, including some belonging to public and university library systems. 1,689 were built in the United States, 660 in Britain and Ireland, 125 in Canada, and others in Australia, New Zealand, Serbia, the Caribbean, and Fiji.
Once again Lorain, her government, keeps making lemons of her historical worth- even in her marketing concepts her historical worth and attributes are dismissed and are conspicuous by their very absence.
to be continued……………..
Lisa Miller of Buster’s House has some autumn Lorain color on her blog
However ,two of the photos are my favorites:
The Admiral King Tribute site- you can see the shape of the anchor landscaping – soon to be reflected on the opposite corner of 1st and Oberlin
Note: the flags were removed after the last storm, as they were ripped- new ones will be flying for the Eric Barnes – Heroes Walk –
dedication joining Settlers’ Watch and the Admiral King Tribute space- and speaking of Settlers’ Watch – Lisa’s photo of the Captain in the sea of grass is one of my particular favorites-
Check out Lisa blog and the photos of Lorain on Lorain 365