Future of Draper Park School building uncertain

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  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    July 19, 2014 3:46 a.m.

    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 The so called safety standards the school board are using may be outdated since the school has outlasted the standards means its too well built to destroy it to sell the land, Standards 100 years ago were 10 times the quality of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.

  • SLC Grandma Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2014 10:58 p.m.

    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 the community.

  • Oh My Heck! Vernal, UT
    July 18, 2014 6:35 p.m.

    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.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    July 18, 2014 5:25 p.m.

    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