Letter to the editor | A plea for restoration

October 4, 2013 

In Bellefonte, there are empty lots where the Bush House and the Bellefonte Academy buildings once stood.

On the corner of Bishop and Spring streets once stood the magnificent Henry Brockerhoff mansion. In 1959, it was torn down but the state managed to save the front entrance, which is displayed in a museum in Harrisburg. At that time, it was considered the finest example of that type of architecture in the country.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to see these historic buildings again? We never will.

But the Garman Theatre is still here. Yes, it needs a lot of work, but it could be restored to the historic architectural gem it once was.

Why not at least give the dedicated people of the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association a chance to restore it? It could become a community center and help revive the downtown area. If it doesn’t work, it could be torn down later.

Apartment buildings are important, but the can be created almost anywhere. Many of our historic buildings were down for “economic” reasons. Can’t we at least try to save this one?

These historic buildings are our legacy from previous generations and are the heart of our town.

Larry Boone, Bellefonte

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