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James Baughn

Another historic landmark is about to get crushed, courtesy of the university

Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 11:15 PM


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  • it would be nice to see what life would like with out the univeristy

    -- Posted by bagman on Wed, Dec 19, 2012, at 4:31 AM
  • The arrogance shown by the University and its leaders reminds me of the Communist leadership in Moscow during the 1960s who excepted themselves from their decrees and, oh yes, the current congress which does the same thing.

    -- Posted by Observer1 on Wed, Dec 19, 2012, at 7:36 AM
  • While I believe in saving older structures with architectural or historical significance I also think some take it to far. C'mon people, it's a plain and simple wall that an amateur bricklayer could have built! This reminds me of when Paducah was building the Carson Center. There was an old warehouse at the site the the preservation crowd tried to use to stop construction. While it was very old there was nothing significant about the building either historically or architecturally. Just because a structure is old doesn't mean it needs to be preserved!

    -- Posted by Data48 on Wed, Dec 19, 2012, at 11:32 AM
  • So, Data48, which buildings or structures in Cape Girardeau would you consider worthy of saving?

    -- Posted by James Baughn on Wed, Dec 19, 2012, at 11:55 AM
  • What can be done to stop this??

    -- Posted by Larry Easley on Wed, Dec 19, 2012, at 4:57 PM
  • The wall doesn't take up much space, looks like there would be a way to design and build around it making it an even more valued asset.

    It seems to be a trend for government blessed entities to work toward erasing all previous association with religion in the founding of great progress established in the past.

    -- Posted by Old John on Wed, Dec 19, 2012, at 9:25 PM
  • Thank you James for such a well-written, open, honest, direct and much-needed editorial regarding the university's lack of appreciation for Cape Girardeeau's historic buildings! What is so disturbing is that the city is now virtually surrounded by the University and they are slowly closing in on ua- destroying buildings one by one - and the city of Cape Girardeau stands by as their partner!!!! Shame on the university and shame on the city of Cape Girardeau!

    -- Posted by brenschloss on Thu, Dec 20, 2012, at 11:04 AM
  • There looks to be acres of parking that could be incorporated into a parking garage with the new expansion placed on top of it. If they eat up the open lawn for this building, then the trees and terraces facing the river will be the next target.

    Here are some aerials of the site.


    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Thu, Dec 20, 2012, at 1:21 PM
  • This is how Cape Girardeu has been for a long as I can remember. The chamber of commerce in the 1980's had a walking tour for the tourist to give them a taste of our history and help to build tourism. I think it started at the court house down town. It had such great highlights such as "in this old church steeple that used to stand here used to have a bell that came from a steam boat grave yard". You then went to two vacant lots and it read " this first lot used to have the kitchen for the house that used to stand on the second lt". The leaders of Cape Girardeau, it seems to me, have always been proud of the history they have been able to erase.

    -- Posted by argster on Sun, Dec 23, 2012, at 5:38 AM