Josephine Michener: House will be a treasure

April 4, 2014 

In Colin Campbell’s March 30 news article on opposition to the Cherry-Gordon house, one Oakwood resident was quoted as saying, “By being a self-admitted living piece of art, it’s actually stealing attention away from those historic structures. I believe that new construction in the neighborhood should blend in – not look old, but blend in.”

Is this drive against the Cherry-Gordon house due to attention-envy? That’s a lousy reason to destroy the product of someone else’s life savings.

It is similar to one person telling another, “You can’t wear that outfit; it’d take attention away from me. You have to blend in with the others. I’m supposed to be the star!”

Is that an attitude Raleigh wants its laws and procedures to protect? What’s oddest in all this is that in only 50 to 100 years, the Cherry-Gordon house will likely be viewed as a highly-valued, unique, historic treasure of the Oakwood district; the current fracas will make the house that much more interesting.

Preventing the construction of homes that will, in time, be valued for their history, and doing so in the name of historical preservation, is both illogical and short-sighted.

Josephine Michener


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