When a North Texas high school began to fall in June, the town rallied around it, trying everything to save the 94-year-old structure. In just two months, a grassroots group raised $2 million to preserve Old Denison High School.
"I have never seen a preservation battle like this," says Denise Alexander, program officer at the National Trust's Southwest Office, which gave Castle's group a grant for a conditions-assessment report. "To raise $700,000 in a month with commitments of up to $2 million … the outpouring of support has really been amazing."
But on Monday, after months of legal battles and a resident's last-minute offer to buy the building, a crane began demolishing the last section of the Spanish Mission style-building.
"I'm very angry with the short-sightedness of it all," says Michelle Castle, who led the effort to save the 1913 section of the school. "They shouldn't have rushed to the demolition."... Read More →
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