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V. Kolbenschlag: Let's take Gov. Bevin up on Beautify challenge
'A real possibility as a winner in the contest Beautify the Bluegrass is to beautify the centerpiece of the Columbia Public Square - the 1885 historic courthouse.' - V.K.
Comments about: Gov. Bevin Launches 'Beautify the Bluegrass' Initiative
By Vonnie Kolbenschlag
Here is my comment for a project in Gov. Bevin's Beautify the Bluegrass challenge:
Columbia has an architecturally and historically significant building that not only needs preserved, but in the process of being preserved can 'beautify our town.'
I think a real possibility as a winner in the contest Beautify the Bluegrass is to beautify the centerpiece of the Columbia Public Square - the 1885 historic courthouse.
With the 1970s wings removed there would be more green space for beautiful landscaping. With those additions removed, there would be less area in the building to maintain, to heat, and to cool. There would be fewer problems with leaks that occur with the attachments of the four additions. Visibility for traffic and pedestrians would improve with the removal.
It would not be easy of course, but we have people with the "know-how" to do this. Yes, it would be expensive, but I think there is a long term gain in historic preservation. Preservation of buildings is said to impact favorably on economic development.
Not every county has such a centerpiece of history as well as a chance to preserve an inspiring work of architecture. This is our chance!! Let's show Gov. Bevin we accept this offer to Beautify the Bluegrass by beautifying and preserving our historic courthouse and public square.
- Vonnie K.
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