By Christina Richter, President, Roseville Historical Society
You may not know this, but currently slated for the wrecking ball are the old post office and old city hall buildings on Vernon Street. These two buildings served as a hub of activity almost from the first days of Roseville. The city hall building once served as our first Presbyterian Church site going back 125 years. I hear it’s uninhabitable due to mold and other issues and I have to ask the question – why?
Why wasn’t that old building protected and preserved? And why are we now looking at getting rid of an absolutely beautiful old post office building? These two gems sit directly across the new city center on Vernon Street. They are two of the most historic sites in our city!
Some of our historic beginnings, like old downtown where Main Street and Lincoln cross, is rehabilitated, and Vernon Street, which saw its primary growth in the 1920s, has been revitalized. But is that enough? Is that where our historical preservation ends?
The 1879 Fiddyment ranch home site in West Roseville is another of these historic buildings quickly falling into disrepair. City officials say the old home site will eventually be a public building but yet it continues to fall into decline – why? Is there a budget put aside for its repair?
Our city has done a great job attracting new companies and more families, that is true. In 1929, just 75 years ago, Roseville was a population of just 6,425 people. The latest 2014 count has us just under 127,000. We’re growing, yes, but let’s not let our history be bulldozed under in the process.
Let’s get it together Roseville, and preserve our precious past. Speak to your city council members, write letters, attend city council meetings. We at the Roseville Historical Society do our best to bring attention to the historic places in and around Roseville so that all will know our incredible history. However, our voices are much stronger if we can all speak together to fight to keep our history alive.
Please email or call the museum if you would like to join us in the crusade to ensure our historic sites are recognized and saved whenever possible. Together we can make a difference!