Latrobe Destroys Historic Buildings

Latrobe Destroys Historic Buildings

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dozer crazy

Latrobe, PA

#1 Aug 13, 2011
Way to go the "City of Latrobe"!

You're bulldozing two historic buildings, and all on one-month!


1880s - Italianate Farmhouse: Main @ Ridge

How many home within the city of Latrobe have a cupola? One!

How many Italianate farm-homes from the 1800s still stand in Latrobe? one!

How many Italianate Farm-homes, with a cupola, and all the exterior trim, still in existence (stored in the basement of the building), are getting bulldozed? One!

Way to go stupid Latrobe!

Within 800' of this this historic buildings are ugly homes with Pepto Bismol colored aluminum siding, and line green jello colored siding, and homes covered in fake bricks, and fake shingles, with dilapidated porches and roofs and stairs falling apart; and what does Latrobe do?

-----Latrobe destroy the one CRITICAL piece of architecture on Main Street, which, for $300,000, could be turned into the offices for the Latrobe hisotrical Society, and could have rose gardens put in, in the yard, and a Victorian-era gazebo, for outdoor weddings and showers.

But what does Latrobe do?

Latrobe DESTROYS everything of historic value!

And, why is this historic building being razed? For a stupid parking lot!

Yes, world, while pieces of crap structures, filled with mold and mildew are left standing within 800', this one "gem" of Latrobe is being razed!


Art Deco Armory

Art Deco was a design style in the 1930s, which matches the rise of industrialism in the United States, and the world. The stream-lined designs of Art Deco reflect the machine-clean manufacturing taking place in the United States economy.

Which building is Latrobe has this design? Only one! The Armory!

Which building is being destroyed? The Armory!

Again, within 600' feet of this building, are houses that are run-down, have failing porches, are filled with mold and mildew and paneling and dropped ceilings, and water damage in the roofs, and the one -- the one Art Deco building in Latrobe, proudly standing tall -- is getting razed.


How much more stupid can Latrobe be?

Really, is everyone asleep in Latrobe?

Is one person awake? just one person with an historic background? an architectural background?

Who sits on the Planning Commission, the Permit committees?
dozer crazy

Latrobe, PA

#2 Aug 13, 2011
PS: I thought there was an Historic District established in downtown Latrobe?

Who's running that "historic" program, who's letting these two GRAND buildings get demolished!!!!

Isn't the National Trust for Historic Preservation supposed to be helping Latrobe?

-----Does anyone in Latrobe understand what historic architecture is? what historic buildings are?

Poor little Latrobe: all hopped up on opiates, too drunk to drive -- and apparently to save GRAND historic "gems" of the town!

Since: Oct 10

Location hidden

#3 Aug 13, 2011
Shouldn't you be worried about your move out date? I understand you have the date.
Ha ha ha

Columbus, OH

#4 Aug 13, 2011
Can't wait to see 225 Avenue D demolished! Now THAT'S progress for 5th ward!!!!!


“Operation Duck Face”

Since: May 11

Quackers 4 You

#5 Aug 13, 2011
What did you want them to do with the two buildings that have sat empty?
dozer crazy

Latrobe, PA

#6 Aug 13, 2011
All the Italianate farmhouse needed was to have that HIDEOUS front porch removed, and the front brickwork re-done. And viola! The exterior would have been PERFECT!

But, noooooooooooooooooo...

Latrobe DESTROYS the one nice example of Italianate farmhouse architecture that exists!

Other similar homes are located on:

-----route 259 north, between Route 30 and Bolivar

-----route 981 south, past the airport, on the way to Pleasant Unity!

Stupid Latrobe!

The GORGEOUS buildings with marble floors and brass trim and mahogany paneling were destroyed in the 1960s!

This town is such a loser-town, for destroying what has value, and letting stand, what looks like crap!
dozer crazy

Latrobe, PA

#7 Aug 13, 2011
ArtGal wrote:
What did you want them to do with the two buildings that have sat empty?
Architetural Preservation and Restoration.

There's endless funding for these buildings!

The Main Street house only needed $300,000,(reasonable given how the interior was chopped up, but it is three floors!

The upper floor had rooms where the "help" would have slept and the babies of the family! There were even floor tiles and wall paper still in place, from the original period!

It was a PRIME piece of real-estate for PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION!
dozer crazy

Latrobe, PA

#8 Aug 13, 2011
There are two other, though not as special -- however still very IMPORTANT -- Italiante-style homes in Latrobe, on Ligonier Street, in 1st Ward.

But parts of the exterior of these have been destroyed!

The Main Street home, with its ORIGINAL CUPOLA needed to sit, waiting, until it was restored, not get demolished!
Janet C

United States

#9 Aug 13, 2011
They should preserve and restore for what looney tune? To sit there in all their empty glory? Have you bothered to see what was planned for the areas or are you a bitch first ask later person? Guess we know the answer to that already
Not my house

New Brighton, PA

#10 Aug 13, 2011
I heard that 5WR didn't have a yard sale herself..Go figure....I also heard that in previous years..The illustrious
"Alphabet Avenue's" Mayor did so.
In fact...Without asking permission from the property owner..She (5WR) would drag her junk out of house and set table's up on the neighbor yard and conduct business.. further taking advantage of her neighbor...
dozer crazy

Latrobe, PA

#11 Aug 13, 2011
Janet C wrote:
They should preserve and restore for what looney tune? To sit there in all their empty glory?
Yes, until an historic home can be restored, that's the right thing to do -- let it sit, make sure the roof is solid.

If a town needs parking lots, lets the town tear down ugly homes of no historic value.

The block of Main Street, in Latrobe, where the Italianate farmhouse sits, is filled with some of the ugliest homes in all of Latrobe.

-----Tear down the slum homes, near downtown to make a parking lot, not the one grand dame of the downtown area!
Liar Liar

Latrobe, PA

#12 Aug 13, 2011
How about you get your shit in order before you start telling the city what to do. seriously you are so freaking stupid it's laughable.

Canton, OH

#13 Aug 13, 2011
Here! Here! Couldn't have said it better Liar Liar, bravo, bravo!!!!

Since: Jan 11


#14 Aug 13, 2011
dozer crazy wrote:
Architetural Preservation and Restoration.
There's endless funding for these buildings!
Yeah, a bottomless pile of money just waiting to be given away.

You're beyond clueless. When you leave Latrobe this time, please don't ever come back.
dozer crazy

Latrobe, PA

#15 Aug 13, 2011
Jim Moz wrote:
Yeah, a bottomless pile of money just waiting to be given away.You're beyond clueless. When you leave Latrobe this time, please don't ever come back.
I expect more from you!

And, if "new" buildings are going to be built, they'll certainly be more expensive than restoration, now won't they?

It's like the case of Second Ward school, that only needs the $160,000, roof repairs, or had that much in the last year. IF that whole situation was handled properly, a whole new roof could have be put on that building, in a near-period "look", for $160,000.

Just a lot of stupidity, and mismanagement of funds, and no one leading the way to protect the old, beautiful, historically significant buildings, which is why:

Latrobe is so ugly! There's nothing left from a time what grand buildings were built; and the new St. Vincent de Paul store is as ugly as RITE AID and Family Video. And, when added together, that's why downtown Latrobe looks like shit!

Since: Jan 11


#16 Aug 13, 2011
dozer crazy wrote:
I expect more from you!
Sadly, I wish I could say the same about you.

Since: Aug 11

Chevy Chase, MD

#17 Aug 14, 2011
Yes, my mother told me this evening that the Armory was demolished. I must admit that I was sad to see this one go. Who is making these decisions? I would just like to know.

Since: Jan 11


#18 Aug 14, 2011
Bulletin News Editor

The Latrobe Armory is coming down.

The two-story brick, art deco building designed by architect Joseph F. Kutz was purchased by the Latrobe Foundation, according to foundation vice president Tom Okonak.

"It was on the block for a number of years," Okonak told the Bulletin Monday, "and we were watching it continue to deteriorate.We made a bid of $7,500" to purchase the property.

"We did a feasibility study and found that the cost to redo it approached $700,000 to $800,000."

Rather than let the property continue to deteriorate, the foundation’s executive committee recommended and the full board agreed to raze the structure, which is listed on the national Register of Historic Places. The foundation had to complete paperwork to be able to tear down the armory, which was built in 1927.

Once the site has been cleared, the foundation will sell the property. Okonak said, "We’ve had a number of inquiries for light commercial or condo-type residential units" to be built on the 139- by 100-foot lot, which is at the corner of Ridge Avenue and Spring Street.

"The Latrobe Foundation will probably lose money on it," he said, considering the $70,000 it is costing to raze the building.

But, when it is sold and redeveloped, he pointed out, "it will be returned to the tax rolls with quality light commercial or residential use. People have been making some very interesting inquiries." As a government-owned property, it had been tax-exempt.

Okonak also pointed out that if the building had remained for use as a community center, sports center or gym, parking would have been an issue, just as it was when the armory was used by the National Guard for its training.

"If it was such a valuable building," Okonak asked, "where were all the developers and contractors" when it was offered for sale for so long.

The site has utilities to the curb, so any potential buyer will not have to fully develop the lot. The demolition has faced some "major environmental issues" from the former shooting range in the armory.

Ann Powell, code enforcement officer for the City of Latrobe, said Lutterman Excavating of Latrobe is the demolition contractor. The project has had the asbestos abated, and wood and bricks will be reused elsewhere, she said.

"It’s pretty positive for the community," Okonak said, along with recent renovations to other properties downtown that have come about as a result of the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program.

"It’s something very encouraging," he concluded. "It has really, really good potential."

Since: Aug 11

Chevy Chase, MD

#19 Aug 14, 2011
Wow, it was built in the year that my mom was born and now is at an end. Thank you Mr. Moz for the article. I try to keep up on the news there, but sometimes fall short. I can only see the front page of each bulletin from our Newseum website here.

I'm off to sleep now as you wake. Crazy work hours we healthcare folks keep. Good night and thanks again.
Liar Liar

Latrobe, PA

#20 Aug 14, 2011
So, it had asbestos and was crumbling.........

Yeah Dumbass, they shouldve restored it and preserved it. and then it could sit empty and deteriorate again. Dumbass

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