The loss of another historic building leaves advocate shocked

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I am shocked and appalled to see the continued destruction of our history.

Just last week, a Civil War-era building along the Byram River in Glenville was torn down without any notice given that this was to happen. I drove through Glenville and was visually blasted by what I saw. The sight of rubble where this historic building once stood stabbed my very being. I grew up with this fine old structure. It was a part of the unique architectural character of this community and it exuded a mid-1800s American charm.

Just as with the destruction of the Coastal Watch Tower at Greenwich Point, there

Photo of the recently demolished historic house along the Byram River. — Thomas Zawatski

Photo of the recently demolished historic house along the Byram River. — Thomas Zawatski

was no posted notice of a teardown. Giving advance notice is the law. Yet in Greenwich we see nothing.

I had the word of the family that originally owned it saying that it would be gutted and redone, not torn down. I have no problems with modernization. And a complete redo with new services would have been fine. But this is beyond that. The structure is now just rubble.

I have more disdain for those that can’t leave any part of our original community alive. There’s a connection with Glenville and the point’s Coastal Watch Tower. I fear that the glue here is total indifference to our heritage.

To me, our heritage is our country, our American ways, our own lives and well-being.

The sudden loss of this historic building without any warning has left me in shock.

 Jim C. Reilly

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