Kirkbride Buildings Blog

May 5th, 2012

Save the Fergus Falls Kirkbride

Fergus Falls RTC Kirkbride BuildingThere’s been a flurry of activity regarding Fergus Falls lately. If you haven’t heard, things aren’t looking for preservation. The Fergus Falls City Council rejected the only submitted reuse plan, and has started discussing demolition.

If you live in Fergus Falls and want the building saved, please attend the city council meeting on Monday, May 7th at 5:30PM to show support for preservation. The meeting will be taking place at Fergus Falls City Hall.

There’s also an online petition you can sign to show your support, even if you don’t live in Fergus Falls. Please take a minute to sign it. I know online petitions aren’t the most useful thing in the world, but signing one can’t hurt, and it might do some good. (Note that after signing, you’ll get an email with a request for a $5 donation. That donation is for the petition site, NOT for saving the Kirkbride.)

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  1. WSH May 7, 2012, 11:52 am

    This just kills me. Of all the Kirkbrides out there this on is probably in the BEST shape for immediate reuse.

  2. Heather Smith May 31, 2012, 2:53 pm

    A feature length film is being made at the Kirkbride building this summer and the group could use your help in any way possible. Hopefully this project will bring awareness to this beautiful building and maybe even save it.

  3. Charles R. Kirkbride III August 1, 2012, 12:12 am

    Beautiful and unique too bad it couldn’t be turned into something useful in todays age it is not practical to build something so unique in this day and age hopefully there is something that would work for preserving this beautiful six stories tall building. Charles R. Kirkbride III descendant of one of William Penn s Trusted.

  4. Teri Miller LeMere September 5, 2012, 6:01 pm

    A piece of History and beauty that should be preserved. The architecture is awsome and worth saving. This could be used in millions of ways and should not be wasted.

  5. kathleen zins September 10, 2012, 1:34 am

    what a shame. these are part of our history, these architectural beauties. Look at Europe, they dont demolish their old buildings, they are left standing in all their beauty, but we, as a throwaway society just want to tear down these gems and make parking lots, strip malls, more and more banks and convenience stores. shame on us, these are teaching tools and hold so much history and learning experience.

  6. Bev Messer September 21, 2013, 5:48 pm

    There are many places that have wisely reused these wonderful buildings. THey are very well built and will last for a long time. Concord, NH Binghamton and Rochester, NY are only 3 areas that have made wonderful use of them. Actually it is criminal that they are not used to house the mentally ill as they were intended instead they are in jail or on the streets.

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