My husband and I went to D.C. in November. We toured its old post office. It was built back in the 1800s and is a beautiful structure. We were told in the 1920s they wanted to tear down Old Ugly. They had some smart people back then to make the decision not to take it down. They decided it was cheaper to fix it and would cost more to rebuild. It was all because of the Depression they did this. The building is alive and well. It's just beautiful, in my eyes.
It really hurts me when I hear anyone call our court house Old Ugly. It really hurts when our very own commissioner, Jeff Wagner, calls it that. I think we should show some respect for it because it has served us for a long time. My husband and I were the first ones to take a tour when they opened it up. I was really surprised the way it looked and smelled. They held court in there up until the day they closed it.
This is the heartbeat of our town and county. What a shame to throw it all away. A new building (if we ever get one) will never stand up to this beautiful structure. It's a throwaway society these days. I saw the picture of the men who built this wonderful building standing on it while being erected. They were real craftsmen. I wish I had the money to restore it.
We need to care about our town's history. When we travel and go into a town, their courthouse is the first thing we see. They are old and being used. What's wrong with Tiffin? It's funny, when we toured it, there were people who thought it was just awful; we saw something worth saving. I'm proud of our courthouse.
It's because of the mistakes of commissioners for not taking care of it that we are at this point. There will be an empty space in the center of our town when it comes down. I'll miss seeing our beautiful courthouse.
Ruth Brown, Tiffin