October 19, 2012
The Sedalia City Council has rightly included in Resolution 1825 the repair cost of our public library gifted to us by Andrew Carnegie in 1900.
What is the true value of tradition? Priceless. What can we learn from magnificent architecture? Multiple lessons.
John Ruskin, the English essayist, wrote, “Architecture is the art which so disposes and adorns the edifices raised by man, that the sight of them may contribute to his mental health, power and pleasure.” So it is in Sedalia.
The library building, in the Greek-revival style, constructed of ornate white terra cotta stone with massive limestone columns, is not a decaying hulk like the Trust Building eyesore. After repairs, it will meet the information-access needs with timely upgrades when new technological innovations arrive on the scene and may be installed in the currently under-utilized second floor.
We certainly do not want the library building abandoned and added to the list of 20 vacant downtown buildings.
The most magnificent building in Pettis County, a purposeful structure that helps attract new professional and business people to our Queen City, will give back the cost of repair more than tenfold during the 21st century.
Retired city administrator