The real secret to historic preservation is to continue to use the historic resources through the generations. We "in the trade" bandy about words like restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse as ways to preserve these treasures, but, in reality, it is just plain USE that keeps a building viable--sometimes even vibrant! Case in point, look to the Odd Fellows Building/Grand Theater in downtown Salem. This building was a vibrant, integral part of the life of early Salem, continuing through the 1950s. It fell into disrepair and was very neglected, but then community members Carole Smith and Eric Kittleson, resolved to bring it back to its glory days and made this project the priority of their lives for many years, but are now looking forward to a new project.
We heartily agree! We look forward to seeing what other exciting projects this energetic family takes on to broaden and strengthen our community.