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May 7th, 2012

Fergus Falls City Council Calls for Demolition Plans

At the May 7th Fergus Falls City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously in favor of drawing up demolition plans for most of the city’s beautiful, 100+ year-old Kirkbride building. The central administration section will probably be preserved, but the wings will be destroyed under the proposed plan. This vote came in spite of a substantial showing of public support for full preservation. According to the Fergus Falls Journal, about 200 people showed up for the meeting and the council chamber was filled to overflowing.

So yet another Kirkbride is likely fated to become to a mere fragment of its former self. Such a shame that something couldn’t be done to save it. It is some consolation that at least a part of the structure would be saved. Hopefully that at least will happen. In my opinion, it’s really the wings that are the most beautiful part of the Fergus Falls Kirkbride though, at least in terms of the building’s exterior.

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Discussion

  1. WSH May 8, 2012, 10:03 am

    What a F’ing SHAME!

  2. AudreyPenguin May 15, 2012, 3:56 am

    How is it that Europe can maintain their beautiful historic architecture from at least around the 13th -14th centuries (even through war!), and we can’t even manage to preserve our most unique and ornate and architecture from the 1800s? What WSH said, “What I f*ing shame!”

  3. Ryan October 11, 2013, 2:11 pm

    Just an FYI. There are now plans to renovate and restore this beautiful building in my hometown!!! $41 million plans include apartments, offices, hotels, spa and restaurants. Paperwork has been signed with a developer from CA and Building Restoration Corporation from Minneapolis is hoping to be able to lend a hand in the restoration project

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