An historical home in Historical Washington may have a new future – or no future at all.
When the high school was opened in 1942 at this location, the enrollment was 230. I’m sure they never expected that they would utilize all the land surrounding the school for additional classrooms, gymnasiums, maintenance sheds, stadiums, and parking lots. Sadly, this house may be destroyed in order to make room for more parking for high school staff and students.
We educate our children both in school and outside of the classroom. This is a teachable moment for the community.
We must remember to respect the people who have sold the home to the high school. Not everyone can afford to be particular when it comes to selling a home, especially in this economy.
In addition, the school board members deserve respect as they determine the best decisions to be made for the community as a whole – financial, educational, historical.
The high school board may not have been aware that people would be upset that they want to tear down a 121-year old home to provide more parking. And not everyone is upset. To some, it might be more important to be able to find a parking space for a school event than to care about a house. But we should be careful to consider what principle we are teaching the students, when we determine that a parking lot is more important than an historical home. Before such a permanent action is taken, we must be certain it is for something valuable.
This house holds many memories for students past. In addition, according to their historical support page on Facebook: “The home, featured in several Washington history books, was built by G.W. Bayler. A one-of-a-kind in Washington, the home is well-known for its unique architectural properties.”
Many times my friends and family, who come to visit, comment about the lovely homes of Washington. These homes make Washington unique. They give us character and they remind us all that this town has been around more than a few years – that this town has been a community that loves beauty, treasures the past, and cares about the future.
In the midst of the controversy, I hope that both sides will remember that people are more valuable than history, that this is a time to respect each other’s viewpoint, that compromise is an answer, and that the children are watching.