Letter to the editor: A view worth protecting

Posted 4/23/19

A view worth protecting The Historic Littleton Inc. (HLI) Board of Directors is writing this letter to alert the newspaper’s readers to a pending proposal for construction of two permanent …

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Letter to the editor: A view worth protecting

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A view worth protecting

The Historic Littleton Inc. (HLI) Board of Directors is writing this letter to alert the newspaper’s readers to a pending proposal for construction of two permanent structures on the site of the historic Carnegie Library at the west end of Main Street in downtown Littleton. Those proposed structures would nearly totally block the view of the historic Carnegie Library, currently home of the Melting Pot restaurant.

For many decades, the City of Littleton has had a conservation easement on the Carnegie Library. That easement grants the city “full and free right to the uninterrupted visual enjoyment” of the Carnegie Library. The two proposed permanent structures to be built directly in front of the main façade of this building would violate the intent of this easement.

The Main Street Historic District has the basic form of a straight street lined by historic commercial buildings that frame a view to the east of the historic Arapahoe County Courthouse and to the west of the historic Carnegie Library with the mountains in the background. That Historic District draws its integrity from this design with the Carnegie Library and the courthouse forming the “bookends” of Main Street.

HLI supports the protection offered by the City of Littleton’s easement on the façade and feel the easement must remain in full force to protect that view. We feel that a compromise that permits a strong economic use of the building while still protecting the view can be achieved.

The mission of HLI is to advocate for preservation of our historic buildings. The Carnegie Library is one of Littleton’s most important historic structures, standing proudly for over 100 years. The integrity of this structure should not be diminished by allowing the construction of any permanent structures that block its distinctive main façade

Gail Keeley

President, Historic Littleton

Board of Directors

Board members: Sonya Ellingboe, Darlee Whiting, Rebecca Kast, Barbara Eaton, Margi Clute, Rick Cronenberger, Karen Arras, Mike Massey, Liz Eaton, John Gerkin, Jean Selders, Carle Zimmerman, Ron Richards, Webster Cash, Charles Carroll

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