To The Editor:

What if someone told you that the American dream of owning your own home and having plenty of space to live on might not be a reality for future generations? The number of people living on planet Earth is drastically increasing every day and this will continue as time carries on. More and more people are coming into the world and it is going to get even more crowded. So what is the answer to future population issues?

Although it may not coincide with what some people’s American dream is, there is sure one way to start. Old homes. Not 50 more subdivisions across the Midwest comprised of cookie-cutter ranch homes, if at all avoidable. The solution to making the most of the space available is not to doze down everything in sight. The answer is to restore historic homes and buildings (and if need be, build between them).

I believe that Americans should try to restore old homes as much as possible, instead of new construction because it will save room on Earth, preserve irreplaceable charm and character and help save individuals’ money for future expenses. Skeptics may question why they should invest in something that is not new, but history is worth more than any money in the world.

Some of the benefits of restoring an old building are long-lasting hardwood floors, thick and sturdy walls, high-ceilinged rooms, ornate detail in trim and casings, etc. Pioneers who built homes 100 years ago were focused on quality and craftsmanship, not how long it took or how many came afterward. It is our duty to preserve their creations and make sure no one will harm them.

The Warren County area is heavily populated with the ancestors of German immigrants from hundreds of years ago. Along with their suitcases, immigrants brought along a beautifully ornate style of architecture we still see today. Marthasville, Peers, Concord Hill, Holstein, and Treloar are just a few of many nearby communities with historic buildings worth visiting.

Some of these buildings are fine establishments serving the area, such as Philly’s Pizza, Cori’s Twin Gables, Peers Store, St. Ignatius of Loyola Church and School, Immanuels United Church of Christ, Holy Grail Winery, Treloar Bar & Grill and Treloar Bank and Mercantile. Thumbs up to all who continue their businesses in fine pieces of history!

Preserving old buildings is something more people should do. Choosing to purchase an old home is a smart investment especially for younger couples. Once purchased, the projects throughout the house can be completed as necessary instead of spending tons of money all at once on a new home. If you currently live in an old home, I urge you to hold on to it and continue to preserve it! And if you are considering tearing down a historic building, please consider the benefits of restoring it and the horrible mistake you will make if you choose to destroy it.

Jacob Lierman


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