Summit Daily letters: Tread lightly on Frisco’s historical legacy
December 9, 2016
Tread lightly on Frisco's historical legacy
Please consider all the ramifications to removing the Staley House as a highly visible landmark in Frisco. People repeatedly visiting here love its small town ambiance and the history visible on Main Street.
Pecking away at it piecemeal like this would greatly reduce its appeal — to say nothing of the fact that if moved, the Staley would lose its Colorado State Historical Register designation forever. Such a serious step should not be taken lightly.
I now have more facts at hand than I did at the meeting last Tuesday. I understand that a lot has gone on between each of the parties (Counihans and the Footes) with each other as well as with council. To the Footes — who do indeed want to preserve historical buildings and do own most of a block now — their family's financial survival is now at stake. They have lost other properties and now are even living in Denver due to monetary considerations. They want to preserve this block and their family, too. But please try to find a way to do this without moving an iconic building.
Do most visitors even care or know about the Ruth House or Lund House? I very much doubt it. But do they care about the look and feel of Main Street? You bet they do.
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