Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Community Meeting Seeks To Protect Historic Structures From Same Fate

More than two dozen members from the community attended a meeting at Waterbury's Silas Bronson Library this evening to discuss proactive steps which can be taken to prevent further unnecessary demolition of historic structures within the city. Representatives from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation were on hand to share information about plans which have worked in other Connecticut cities and towns. Brad Schide and Jordan Sorensen, both from the CT Trust, remarked at how impressed they were with the quick action and outpouring of community support that organized seemingly overnight after demolition of the former Trinity Episcopal Church began just over a week ago. Many feel that the 135-year-old structure could and should have been saved, or at least more open community wide discussions should have taken place, to determine if other reasonable alternatives to demolition existed. While it is too late to save the Trinity Church building, it is clear that area residents and others with close ties to the city are passionate about preserving history where it is possible, especially for such significant and symbolic structures.