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Use the bank building for a museum

We have the Museum of Art. We have the Space and Rocket Center. We have the Train Station, but we do not have a museum that is striictly about Huntsville. Convert this building into a 'Huntsville' museum.

Regarding East Clinton School, it isn't located in a very strategic spot for community wide use. I say sell it to the highest bidder and use the proceeds to improve existing schools. At this point, it's just an old building without any real community wide significance.

Submitted by tommy.gibb 1 year ago

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  1. I like the idea of having a museum dedicated to the history of Huntsville since the city has such an interesting story to tell. But I disagree that East Clinton doesn't have any community wide significance. The building has served the community as a school for 75 years, and the site it sits on has housed educational facilities continuously for almost 200 years. Plus the school is important to the residents of Old Town Historic District. It is also one of the last examples of Art Deco design in Huntsville.

    Maybe it can't be used as a school anymore, but perhaps at least the oldest portions of the building can be saved for some new use.

    1 year ago
  2. That Bank Bldg is much too rich in Huntsville history to be destroyed. Using it for a museum is a brilliant idea. Much too much of *Old Huntsville* is now gone including Big Spring Park. I loved that place as a child and now it is just a small pond surrounded by concrete and that is very upsetting. Let us save what is left of downtown for the public. Progress is good but in some cases it is overdone.

    1 year ago
  3. The Arts Council should move out of the VBC and rent one of the old buildings. For a number of years, Annie Merts Center was an Art Center which housed many local art groups. Has there been a survey of which local cultural/art groups need space? Could there not be some subsdizing by the city or by a consortium of local corporations?

    1 year ago
  4. You couldn't be more wrong about the East Clinton School not being culturally significant. There has been a school at that site since 1820, before Alabama was a state! During the Civil War, it was used as a military academy, but burned down after it was captured by troops. After that, it was the property was designated to be used for educational purposes only. And it is not just "an old building." It is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the South. Know your own history.

    1 year ago
    1. Hopefully, the Providence Classical School will buy the school like they intend to and keep it unharmed and untouched, with some needed renovation on the inside, and allow it to remain a school, but a private school now.

      1 year ago
  5. I think the one who referred to the Merts Center as being an Arts Center is confusing buildings. HSV Junior High was there until the new Huntsville Middle School was built. Then the board had renovations done and moved in. The West CLinton Building was used for the arts years ago. That may be the building he's thinking of.

    1 year ago
  6. Can't edit after submitting. "West Clinton Building"....refers to the old West Clinton School building which sat about where the "glass" office building and parking lot are now on Clinton, between Church and Monroe.

    1 year ago
  7. I think that the Regions building would be a great place for a museum about Huntsville. The city has a unique history that spans from the ancient archeological sites near the river to the Civil War, to the Rocket boom to our present. None of our local museums are dedicated to telling Huntsville's full story, and the bank building would be especially well suited due to its ideal location near Big Spring Park and its own historic value.

    1 year ago

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