To the editor:
I’d like to thank Patti Smith for her beautiful letter imploring David Muraco to consider the common good rather than his own pockets when determining the fate of the Enders House.
I am not a long-term Cazenovian, but chose to live here in 2004 because of its quaint, historic charm. That “charm” only occurs because of our historic farms and homes. It comes because you can still see cows grazing on a pasture with a silo in the background.
A drive through our village showcases storefronts still pretty much left intact, and historic homes with flower boxes hanging from porches detailed with old-world workmanship. In other nearby towns, those pastures are now subdivisions and the charm is forever lost.
The structure known as the Enders Home has been a welcoming bastion for travelers from the East since it was built in the early 1800s.
I agree with Patti that those “ugly” modernizations (such as the front door) can be easily remedied. I hate to think that the inclusion of those modernizations, which detract from the historic charm, can be used to rationalize a building’s destruction, in which case developers can start having a field day with our old structures in the hopes of paving paradise to put up parking lots.
Dear Cazenovians: An old friend calls out for your help. She is yellow and she shows some signs of age. But she has been a worthy neighbor to us and deserves a repeal from the death sentence imposed on her for supposedly standing in the way of progress or of someone’s profits.