Preserving historic properties | Block Island Situations

To the Editor

Previous week’s Block Island Moments ran a entrance web site story about the Captain Willis Dwelling (circa 1877). The Captain Willis Household will be torn down and changed with a larger sized house. Block Island is certainly nicely regarded for its pristine shorelines, boating, and preserved land. However, we would contend that historic structures are just as major and treasured to Block Island.
For those that very own, there arrives a sensation of gratification recognizing that it is your convert to be the steward of a residence or making as it moves as a result of record.
Scenic Block Island has been really hard at function inserting historic plaques on older homes and buildings all above the island. SBI researches historic land records to uncover the initial homeowners of properties and displays that name on every single historic plaque hung. Recent titleholders are yet another identify included to that building’s lengthy heritage.
Our goal is to convey consideration and honor these structures numerous are properly about 150 years previous and have survived the terrific “Hurricane of ‘38.” Scenic Block Island has put virtually 100 plaques on iconic island houses and structures with the help of many proud entrepreneurs. Stopping for a moment to examine a plaques affords you a connection to Block Island’s historic previous and to provide a nod to a framework that has survived a century or two.
It is our hope that others come to feel the similar and examine all avenues of preservation before using that final phase – the demolition of an historic constructing.

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