In a letter to City of Great Falls Planning and Community Development Deputy Director Tom Micuda, John Boughton, National Register Coordinator for the State Historic Preservation Office of the Montana Historical Society said, “We sincerely hope that the proposed addition to Great Falls High School is done in a manner that respects the historic elements of the existing building and grounds.”
The letter concerns the addition and renovation plan for Great Falls High School, and confirms what the National Register of Historic Places listing architects have been saying for quite some time.
Here is the entire letter (click here for the downloadable PDF):
The letter also addresses an issue that E-City Beat has been focusing on and that many local citizens are very concerned about:
“The removal of trees, which has already occurred, in the northeast portion of the historic district for additional parking was indeed unfortunate. The trees, which appear to have been quite mature, are a loss to the overall integrity of the district as they were undoubtedly part of the designed landscape of the property.”
“The removal of trees, which has already occurred, in the northeast portion of the historic district for additional parking was indeed unfortunate.”
The alterations to the historic campus negatively impact the GFHS Historic District as it currently exists and the GFPS intent to raze the Hi School Store (Campfire building) in order to develop a small amount of additional parking for the school would be unfortunate to say the least.
“We believe this building could be listed in the National Register either individually, based on its own history, or because of its association with the school, potentially through a boundary increase of the existing property.”
All of this makes us wonder if District schools still teach history.