Letter: Save the courthouse
I have been expecting to hear all about how the Greenfield Historic Commission is protesting the destruction of the inside of the Franklin County Courthouse. I recall reading about the old Hapco garage parts building nearby and that at least one member of the board was working to save part of it if the new parking garage is built. I haven’t seen anything in The Recorder or heard anything on the radio about protests concerning the courthouse.
I was told the work would “destroy everything right down to the doorknobs.” What are the reasons for tearing the courthouse apart? Deconstruction prices quoted are very high, so at today’s prices, wouldn’t they save money by buying another building and moving the law library and other offices into it. Moving offices to a building nearby would cause less disruption of daily routine and would provide space necessary to save the building.
Years ago, I got permission to take photos. If you have never been inside, I suggest you take a look at all the beautiful and interesting features of the building, while you can still see the beauty. If you live in Greenfield, perhaps you could begin building a protest movement to protest the courthouse’s destruction and save it, so future generations will be able to see the craftsmanship its builders created for the people of Franklin County and Massachusetts.