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  by Otto Vondrak
 
One of the obstacles to this building's preservation is most likely the lack of definitive information about it. Can't save a historic structure if you don't know the history...
  by justalurker66
 
Otto Vondrak wrote:One of the obstacles to this building's preservation is most likely the lack of definitive information about it. Can't save a historic structure if you don't know the history...
They know the built date and the pioneering construction technique. That makes the building important, not when it closed.

The property is city owned and it does not appear anyone wants to develop it other than as a trail head for a rails to trails pathway. (Who would want to follow a pathway that started or ended there?) The best step toward preservation is sturdy construction and no competing usage. The building has both.

What it does not have is a champion. While mentioned a few years ago there has been no activity to improve the property. But as long as there are no competing usage the building will stay ... as is.