The historically significant Pop Culture Building at Bowling Green State University has been torn down.
The behavior of the administration in this sorry affair (and their lack of response to a groundswell of support to save the house) has been abysmal and inexcusable.
It’s my hope and prayer than anyone who loves old houses and American history will not provide another dollar of financial support to this “institute of higher learning.”
If you’re already on the BGSU donations list, call the Alumni Center and ask to be permanently removed from the “Donation Call List.” It’d be wise to explain (briefly) why you wish to be removed. The phone number is 888-839-2586.
BGSU should adopt a new school motto: “Destroying our history: One piece at a time.”
Based on research done by Rachel Shoemaker, we've learned that it took Virgil Taylor about four months to turn his 12,000 pieces of kit house into a home (in 1931/32). This solid, sturdy, well-built and well-maintained home couldn't offer much resistance to the heavy equipment. With this single act, BGSU has destroyed a significant piece of their history. Photo is copyright 2012 Marsha Olivarez and can not be used or reproduced without written permission.
Despite an outpouring of support from faculty and staff at BGSU and folks throughout the community and throughout the country, the "powers that be" at BGSU destroyed this iconic piece of American history. Photo is copyright 2012 Allan Shillingburg and can not be used or reproduced without written permission.
A petition with 2,100+ signatures was presented to college president Mary Ellen Mazey, urging her to consider alternatives to the destruction of this unique Montgomery Ward kit home. This is the result. Photo is copyright 2012 Allan Shillingburg and can not be used or reproduced without written permission.
I'm too disgusted to be eloquent.
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