By Roger Utnehmer
The State Historical Preservation Review Board recently voted unanimously to place Sturgeon Bay’s west-side waterfront granary on the state register of historic sites.That designation came over the objection of Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham who wrote a letter of opposition.
The board of directors of the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society, in a letter to Birmingham, has refuted his reasons for opposition to preserving the granary.
In an August 21, 2017 letter signed by Christie Weber to Birmingham, the historical society claims to correct four fundamental errors made in Birmingham’s letter.
The entire letter to Birmingham and documentation are part of this story at DoorCountyDailyNews.com.
Key points made by Weber refuting Birmingham’s opposition focus on the historical significance of the granary, the structural integrity of the facility, the significance to the historic waterfront and, finally, the process of designating the granary as a site worth preserving.
DoorCountyDailyNews.com asked Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Christie Weber about the misconceptions in Birmingham’s letter of opposition.
The Sturgeon Bay Common Council voted in early August to tear down the granary in January if a private group or individual does not come forward with the plans or the money to save the structure by the New Year.