I laud The Sun for its coverage on the sad fate of the beloved Katterjohn building on Broadway. We don't need another uncalled for tragedy in which a great historic structure will be demolished.

I've mentioned to numerous citizens over the past 30 years the importance of this lovely structure and how vital it is to be saved from the wrecking ball. We don't need another loss that mirrors the destruction of the Carnegie Library. Katterjohn could be a perfect hotel that would also include shops and a fine restaurant. The front lawn could be glorified with a landscaped circular drive at the entrance.

I pray we keep the Katterjohn building from being razed. This is an important part of our Paducah heritage. I hope we can find people with the money to ensure the future of this historic structure. Luckily we have had the recent wonderful restoration and preservation of our art deco Coca-Cola bottling plant with Mellow Mushroom, Pipers and Dry Ground Brewing.

I also appreciate the editorial comments concerning the Katterjohn. If restored, I know it would beautifully strengthen Broadway. It's a straight route to our riverfront and flood walls. Developing this could also encourage more support to bring back the Columbia Theatre.

Let's reach out to investors who believe in our future and glorious past. We can't let another historic structure be destroyed and eliminated. This needs to be the next hotel in our extended hometown area.

Bill Ford


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