One more try

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

DENISON -- Some Denison residents made one last appeal Monday night, hoping to save the old high school. Members of the community gave mixed responses. Most agreed the building should stay, but disagreed on how the city would be able to pay to keep it.

Residents packed the council chambers at City Hall, listening as a member of the Texas Historical Commission talked about why the building should stay. The original part, built in 1913, is about the only portion still standing.

Brad Patterson, the historical commission representative, said the original portion was the most historic area of the school. Most of what has already been demolished would have been destroyed even if the building was restored.

Other residents spoke to the council, saying they have had this discussion for the past twenty years, but think the costs to restore and maintain the building would be too high.

"It's not like we woke up yesterday and decided to destroy the building,” said Robert Brady, mayor of Denison. “We've been trying to raise funds so save this building."

The council didn't make any decisions Monday night. The agenda only called for public comments about the demolition, not any action. The council said they plan to honor the demolition contract.

Walgreens has offered the city more than one million dollars for the site, but the city would have to receive a nod of approval from Denison Heritage, Inc. first. The deed of the property states the land is for public use.


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  • by dee Location: sherman on Jul 19, 2007 at 04:23 PM
    wow a walgreens, i'd much rather have a walgreens than that eyesore of a building. i grew up in denison and went to school there when it was mcdaniel jr high. so what.. if i kept everything from my school days i'd sure have alot of junk. get rid of that old building and get on with life. besides, wouldn't it cost more to save the building than to build a new, clean, walgreens! i think we pay enough taxes, let's not waste money on some OLD worn out building, just for senimental reasons.
  • by Boo Location: Sherman on Jul 18, 2007 at 10:17 AM
    I would like to see them save the clock, but there is no reason to save the rest of the building when they are already selling it's insides in the Shopper
  • by Terry A. Location: Bedford, TX on Jul 18, 2007 at 08:47 AM
    Now.....the real reason why it is being torn down. Walgreens!
  • by K Location: Denison on Jul 18, 2007 at 06:44 AM
    This building is an eyesore. Folks, just because the Walgreens LOOKED into land doesn't mean its a done deal. Don't let the Denison rumor mill fueled by DHI make you irrational. Where was the outcry to save this building 20 years ago when costs were cheap. IF you fork over a check you can save it, otherwise it has been an abomination long enough.People went to school here. The Constitution was not written here, so I really don't see why it is so historical besides the fact a few went to school here. Your sentimental value of it may be priceless to a few, but its real value is nothing to the rest of us.
  • by me Location: denison on Jul 18, 2007 at 02:43 AM
    The city needs to rip that old building down, if for nothing more than to stop people from bickering about what to do with the site. I drive by that site everyday and it is nothing more than a reminder of how indecisive this city has been for a long long time. Tear it down and move on!!!
  • by Tamara Location: Denison on Jul 17, 2007 at 12:26 PM
    this building should stay.I love the history in Denison and putting a Walgreens there is not historical come on we have enough stores like Wal Mart and Krogers. If they tear the school down they should put something educational for the kids or like a history museum in it’s place.
  • by Donna Location: Pottsboro on Jul 17, 2007 at 11:30 AM
    How sad we have become that honoring the art and workmanship of our history means less to us than a new Walgreens
  • by Carol Location: Denison on Jul 17, 2007 at 05:41 AM
    This is a beautiful building that should be saved. Look at our downtown with the restoration of the old buildings and how wonderful that is. The property should be used for public use. There is a great need for a Mission in this town to help the helpless, homeless, etc. The older part of the building would be perfect. This would serve mankind to a greater extent than most projects would promote.
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