For any building to still be standing after 100 years has more than proven its
value and reliability and safety. The so called safety standards the school
board are using may be outdated since the school has outlasted the standards
means its too well built to destroy it to sell the land, Standards 100 years ago
were 10 times the quality of today's minimum safe standards that have been
down graded below the level of quality and workmanship that went in to this old
school. Maybe we should be questioning the standards and not the buildings
actual quality and the 100 more years it can serve the public.Should
we tear down the Taj Mahal? Should we tear down the white house? Should we tear
down the Roman Colosseum so the land can be sold? This destructive mindset of
the school boards is wanting to sell the property for fraudulent waste of tax
dollar's to replace it with a building that won't last 20 years. Save
20 million dollars and keep whats been proven beyond expectations of any new
building that would replace it. The $20 million dollars can buy a lot of
upgrades and building additions on land they already own.
My mother, Maud Walker, taught 4th grade at the Draper elementary school for
several years in the 40's. While she was a teacher there, her famous
movie-star brother-in-law, Robert Walker, spoke to all the children at an
assembly - possibly some former students still have his autograph. It would be
wonderful if such historic structures could be preserved and given a new role in
So much of Draper's history is being wiped away. I agree with Todd. This is
one of the last of the old buildings standing that was a part of so many lives.
Todd's house is gone, my house is gone, many other homes are gone. Our Jr.
High and High School are both gone (Mt. Jordan and Jordan). Let's not
destroy everything. I believe funding could be raised through grants, donations,
etc., to do the restoration on our school, and it could have a productive future
as a meeting place, reception hall, so many other possibilities. I remember
going to the Halloween parties there when I was a kid. My mother went to school
there in 1922. While it might be expedient and cheaper to just tear it down, I
would beg the people who make this decision to consider carefully other options.
This building means a lot to very many people.
Historical landmarks are fine but need to be carefully weighed against the
economic reality of what it would cost to save a few bricks....I hold up the
Provo tabernacle as exhibit #1