May 14, 2011 8:23:00 PM
If the FBC is moving, why does it "need" a parking lot where the Friendship House stood? I hate to see historic or even old buildings needlessly destroyed, but sometimes there is simply no other choice.
I owned two old houses in Brooksville that were neither worth repairing or restoring. One was ca.1870 and the other ca . 1880.
The latter still had the original cedar shake roof on it. Neither house was insulated or historically important due to "So-and-so lived here!" I hated to tear them down but the town left me no choice. A friend tore one down for the lumber and my church neighbors tore the other down, so I let them use the lot for parking.
Several years ago Brooksville Baptist Church acquired an old house adjacent to the church. They bid the fixtures in the house out to any and all who wished to bid, raising money for the church. The house was emptied and torn down. Even the hardwood floors were recycled.
Years before that, an out-of-town family owned an old house. They decided to tear it down and put in a housing subdivision on the sizable lot. Many people begged to buy some of the fixtures out of the house, to no avail. It was bulldozed and burned, beautiful floors, stairs, and all.
I realize that the FBC had every right to do as it wished with this building. What I don''t understand is the attitude. If there was anything salvageable in the house, why was it destroyed.
I''m sure some one somewhere, a building contractor or private homeowner looking to expand his house, would have loved to get some wood from that house. It''s too late, she''s gone.
zenreaper commented at 5/14/2011 10:32:00 PM:
Anyone could have purchased the house for $1, and taken what they wanted and torn the rest down and removed it. Of course, anyone who suggested anything other than leaving it where it was and doing an complete renovation was treated like the anti-Christ.
And in reagrds to their attitude, what is wrong with a "its our property, we will do with it what we want". That is one of the problems in America today. Any attitude in opposition to the main stream is not seen as, "Well, they have a right to feel that way." The attitudes are questioned, as though the church had some OBLIGATION to give up it LAND so that some old, inefficient house, a constant reminder of a time NOT so fondly remembered by our BLACK neighbors, could remain standing.
kat commented at 5/15/2011 1:06:00 PM:
zenreaper you are so smart! let's tear down any and everything that reminds us of the past...that way we can't remember where we've been and we certainly don't have to worry about where we are going. Let's replace all these energy eaters with efficient modern buildings with lots of glass and stone...maybe a couple of double wides...that way we can move them when we tire of the way they look.
It served absolutely NO purpose to tear this house down when the congregation is MOVING ! HOW STUPID.
zenreaper commented at 5/15/2011 1:42:00 PM:
"let's tear down any and everything that reminds us of the past..."
Do you know why the house is SO expensive to maintain now? Because you actually have to PAY the people who maintain it now, not use SLAVES. Ya think the descendents of the SLAVES look at that house with fond memories? "Hey junior, that is the house of the family that owned your great great grandfather!"
No one is suggesting ENDING the past, and if this was the LAST house of that style, I might be in favor of saving it. But its NOT. Far from it.
melody commented at 5/15/2011 4:12:00 PM:
One of our Ante Belum homes was owned by free blacks back then and zenreaper needs to read up on our history. The friendship house was built long after the civil war ended. Stop with the racial kick that you don't seem to know much about anyhow.
billnms commented at 5/20/2011 2:46:00 PM:
If we tear down everything that slaves helped build or maintain, kiss the White House and Capitol goodbye! Sherman did a good job of burning much of the south to the ground. These homes are amazing structures. Lot's of tourist come here because of them. The can't be replaced. With the church relocating,I can't see any reason for their actions.
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