Save our Historic Site – The Cahill Building

To The Editor:

The Oswego City Council has the important task this week of deciding what offer to except on the sale of the Cahill/Coleman building.

This venerable old circa 1828 stone structure on the river at the foot of West Seneca Street has been in foreclosure and litigation since 2010, while it sadly deteriorates. I hope they will only consider an offer that will preserve the building. It will be good for the whole community.

I don’t believe that the structure is unsalvageable, no matter how much it appears to be caving in!

The massive former Powerhouse in the “Flats” of Cleveland, Ohio, was a shell of a building when I moved there – no roof, no windows and no interior. Now it has been rebuilt into a dynamic entertainment and nightclub facility. You just need vision!

In other parts of New York and the rest of the country, downtown renovation, with an emphasis on historical preservation, has revitalized older communities. Canandaigua, Skaneateles and Aurora are all about being cute, quaint little towns full of interesting shops, and as such, they attract a lot of tourists.

We could be as picturesque as Mystic Seaport!

But, we can’t afford to lose more historic architecture.

People love charming old stone buildings with a story to tell! The story of Oswego is so interesting, if we have those touchstones to launch the conversation!

Please, everyone in Oswego County – call or email the mayor or a city councilman today to let them know that you support saving Oswego’s oldest commercial structure!

Mary Kay Stone