October 4, 2010

Resident disappointed in plans to demolish historic home

Letter to the editor

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — To the editor:

It was with a broken heart and a great feeling of anger and disgust that I read of the demolition plans slated for the beautiful Pennington Building on Broad Street.  How this downtown treasure can be considered for the wrecking ball in favor of a parking structure I cannot understand. If our city planners looked again, and looked hard enough, I’m confident they could find an alternate site to park cars.

My words printed here will most likely have no impact but I could not keep silent. The powers that be have made up their small, passionless, in-aesthetic minds and 309 S. Broad St. will go the way of Martha Pearl’s home, the J.C. McKee home, Judge Begley’s home, Sue Bennett College and countless other buildings from the last century.  When I read on Sept. 21 that the Pennington Building fell within the London Downtown Renaissance District of Broad to Hill Streets I breathed a sigh of relief, foolishly thinking that the home was protected and would remain to generate income and tourism by becoming a bed and breakfast, reception hall, tea room or a museum. Obviously I was wrong.

As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So, Laurel County, throw up another concrete and glass legal building and start gearing up for that asinine Chicken Festival next year.  That’s the historical legacy and cultural investment you want to leave to our children. Good luck.

Cindy Wilson