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Editorial 4/15/2011
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Fate of a Landmark
presented by Peter Kohler

It’s hard to believe.

Garden City voters are being asked again to decide the fate of St. Paul’s School. This time they’ll decide whether to borrow millions of dollars to demolish this nationally recognized historic landmark.

On April 27, the village will ask voters whether they favor borrowing $3.75 million to fund demolition of the architectural landmark that the village has often tried but failed to preserve for new uses.

This landmark structure is part of a religious complex envisioned by founder A.T. Stewart in the 1890s. It lies at the center of one of the most beautiful planned communities in the nation.

Before voting, Garden City citizens should visit St. Paul’s, though they won’t be able to see its magnificent interiors, as we did some years ago–especially its celebrated chapel. But they can make a virtual visit, thanks to websites maintained by the Garden City Historical Society and the Committee to Save St. Paul’s.

They need to see what a gem the village owns before casting their votes.

We hope Garden City voters turn out in large numbers to send a message that they want their village to persevere in preserving St. Paul’s, not destroy it.

Garden City, NY
I’ve been in the building many times and I’m personally aware of its beauty and significance. We must save this building.
Keep track of the St. Paul’s Preservation Effort
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The mission of the Committee to Save St. Paul’s is to find a reasonable and affordable plan to save the historic St. Paul’s building and to keep it under public control for public use
Presented by The Committee to Save St. Paul’s
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Call it a tragedy of errors: Brookhaven’s historic Mott House collapsing, undermined by town contractors hired to clean it up. Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko vowed to rebuild, using salvaged material. “Out of these remnants of the Mott House we intend to build something special,” he said. Lesko also pledged an investigation, and a review of the town’s 147 historic structures, all good steps. Brookhaven’s hard lesson should apply to all endangered Long Island landmarks: Re-use them, or lose them. And protect them…