House is worth saving
I felt such sadness while reading the June 19 Clayton News-Star article about the possible destruction of a century-old former church parsonage to make way for a parking lot.
The town of Clayton has lost way too many historic houses and structures over the years, and yet it could possibly happen again. Hopefully the church will think this through before taking such a drastic and irreversible action.
The house, at 135 E. Horne St., is actually a contributing structure to the town’s National Historic Register district and is therefore eligible for a 30-percent state tax credit for rehabilitation. A member of the church’s board of trustees said the church has no plans to restore the house. I would ask why not? A 30-percent restoration tax credit would go a good way to offsetting the costs.
In addition, doing a proper restoration and bringing it back to use possibly as the church parsonage would add such a great asset to the neighborhood and to the town.
Driving up South Church Street toward the house shows a beautiful Queen Anne-style house with a commanding presence that makes the neighborhood. Bulldozing it for a parking lot will do nothing but take away this great asset and destroy the character of the surrounding neighborhood.
J. David Millican