Waste, Waste, Waste
I’m a little baffled about this story from the MWDN and I’d love any insight anyone has. the story states that the state is going to get $400,000 or is trying to get $400,000 to restore the 1812 House in Framingham, which currently sits in the path of a parking lot project.
A number of years ago, when I was moving my office out of a major commercial building, I investigated the possibility of buying and rehabbing two historic structures in Framingham for my office–the Rugg Gates House and the 1812 House, both of which were looking for buyers. The Ruggs Gates House was just too far gone to be taken seriously as a project. The 1812 House seemed to be something of a fraud, as my memory is that the house essentially had burned to the ground and the current hideous structure currently in place maybe had one wall which dated back to the mid nineteenth century. The Framingham Historic Society provided me a post card showing the structure in the 1950s, and I would have had to demolish the existing structure and start from scratch to get something that would look like the original. At one point, I had actually contemplated buying it and razing it and putting in a modern building, and no one seemed to be raising any issue of historic preservation.
Restoring the 1812 House at a cost of $400,000 of state money strikes me not only as a grotesque waste, but also pointless. Am i remembering this incorrectly, that the building, in fact, has no historic merit?
And if you are keeping count, the state could better use the $400,000 to feed nearly 72,000 Massachusetts families who are facing reductions in federal welfare payments and who can’t afford fuel.
So, is the house historic, and is this a good use of our tax money?