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Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 12:00 am

LYNN - Donald Walker, director of project operations for the Office of Economic and Community Development, said the old Stone Cottage at High Rock Tower is next in line for some much-needed attention now that the work on the stairs and redoing the landscaping is under way.

Walker said the cottage is beginning to show its age, which is approximately 163 years old, but there are no funds to restore it and he is running out of options as to what to do.

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21 comments:

  • posted at 5:31 am on Wed, May 25, 2011.

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    high rock tower is on the city's logo.to the people of the higlands it is a very special place for us.there are so few old bulidings left in this beautiful city if we can we should save this one.now the new steps. they are in almost the same place as the old ones were.i remeber a little girl getting killed while sledding down the old ones.there should be something done at the bottom so a tragedy will not repeat itself.those who forget the lessons of the past are more likely to repeat them

     
  • posted at 8:12 am on Mon, May 23, 2011.

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    With Ironman ! Taking a walk DTL on a Saturday Wednesday or Monday still reflects huge need for change ! lil druggie bags and syringes .. homeless strolling down the streets ...

     
  • posted at 8:03 am on Mon, May 23, 2011.

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    This is an adv soliciting funds ! Fine. But there are so many issues with Lynn and this cottage should not be on the top of this list. But as long as it is private funds funding this project - so be the Ostriches who'd rather bury their heads in the sand. But public monies - HECKS NAW !

     
  • posted at 7:42 am on Fri, May 20, 2011.

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    Hey, I'm late! Let me get it on record that the site ought to be on the non existant National Register of Solar/Geothermal Possibilities. The place is backed up by solid-year-round-57-degree rock. It faces South. And the chances of the site being put in shadow by the future construction of a skyscraper are slim. The building could be converted to self sustaining energy and still retain its best qualities.

     
  • posted at 11:12 am on Wed, May 18, 2011.

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    k, I know we have the same desire to make Lynn great but we see things from opposite poles. You want to air brush union st., I want to bulldoze it. At least we can agree to disagree.

     
  • posted at 10:38 am on Wed, May 18, 2011.

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    Change is good? Can you honestly say the Lynn of 2011 is superior to the Lynn of 1960? For all the faults it had then it's certainly worse off after 51 years of "change".

     
  • posted at 6:30 am on Wed, May 18, 2011.

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    Ok then Ironman, if you know the real value, then show some love.Don't turn the meaning of 'Ironman' into 'Irony'. You don't want to loose anyone.

     
  • posted at 11:35 am on Tue, May 17, 2011.

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    k, I grew up in Lynn during it's hay day I don't need to look at old pictures. I remember All of our Christmas shopping was done on Union St. and when G.E. traffic snarled the streets during shift changes so many building lost to fire and urban change. Lynn needs to adapt and embrace change, don't be afraid, change is good.

     
  • posted at 8:56 am on Tue, May 17, 2011.

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    Check out the books or architecture while at the library :)

     
  • posted at 8:30 am on Tue, May 17, 2011.

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    Ironman,Not speaking toward your behaviour, but do visit the Lynn Library sometime. You might get enchanted. :)

     
  • posted at 8:13 am on Tue, May 17, 2011.

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    k, I know my description is fairly accurate, where your vision has taken a right turn and veered off into space. You must have the largest collection of unicorn's on the planet.

     
  • posted at 7:14 am on Tue, May 17, 2011.

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    Ironman. That is not a factual image of the townscape. Lynners never really bragged about their own city for everyone to understand how architecturally gorgeous it is, vast the beauty in nature is, and how rich the history and pride in the area is. It is unfortunate most of it goes unsaid.

     
  • posted at 6:18 am on Tue, May 17, 2011.

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    peaceworks, Picture Salem in the 1620's, a vibrant seaport with a well formed goverment. Now picture Lynn, mostly wooded with farm land and marsh's. Of course Salem is superior to Lynn architecturally.highrockhill, Clearly you have issues with minorities why bring it up, the issue is save what can be saved and get rid of the rest.

     
  • posted at 4:35 am on Tue, May 17, 2011.

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    Ironman, I hope you win the megabucks so you can leave Lynn and go to whatever fancy hip city you want to live in that's free of those pesky minorities. I'm pretty sure you are a troll, but who knows, maybe your just an angry tool who hates old buildings and old things.

     
  • posted at 2:11 pm on Mon, May 16, 2011.

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    Ironman, you seem to love Salem. Imagine if Salem had demolished all it's historic buildings.

     
  • posted at 8:04 am on Mon, May 16, 2011.

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    mediaseth, As I recall the balcony at the Warner Theater was closed to the public long before the theater was closed. Who in their right mind is going to invest in these "historic" buildings? If there is a use and someone is willing to foot the bill, fine other wise bring on the wrecking ball. The only one's interested in old useless buildings is the soon to be departed.

     
  • mediaseth posted at 6:27 am on Mon, May 16, 2011.

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    Lynn has demolished more of its history than most cities its size and age, at least from what I can observe. It is not something that the city should be proud of. Adding to the shame, would be a loss of this historic house. Ironman, there is in fact a practical use for preserving historic character that makes the highlands and downtown attractive. Also, just imagine the possibilities if we still had an old movie theatre or two, for indie and foreign films, more concert venues.. and this house, could be put to use by the city or the school.

     
  • posted at 6:23 am on Mon, May 16, 2011.

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    MIT was interested in making a Science Center in the old VFW Post, investing millions in this new form of community center. Maybe the brilliant "Dr." who has this contact can interest MIT in making the science community center at the cottage? There were many lost opportunities, when the post was gone.

     
  • posted at 5:44 am on Mon, May 16, 2011.

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    highrockhill, I almost fell off my chair laughing, my house was built in 1842. This is why people should do their research before they spew their comments. The problem here is, why invest money in a building that has no purpose. Look at the Pine Grove Cemetery office. Close to 100 grand spent to update and preserve and there it sits unused.

     
  • posted at 5:26 am on Mon, May 16, 2011.

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    Friends of High Rock are having their first meeting in 2011. All are welcome to attend.Tues, May 246:30 pmat High Rock TowerIn case of rain, an alternate location will be determined. Please see facebook: Friends of High Rock for more info.

     
  • posted at 4:40 am on Mon, May 16, 2011.

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    If they demolish this I'm going to guess KIPP would have something to do with it. Maybe they are eying more property in the Highlands.This is probably one of the oldest buildings in Lynn, either let it rot in peace or work on it over the years, starting with structural pieces. they saved stone tower.