Ghirardi House

The historic Ghirardi House is in Heritage Park next to the Butler Museum in League City on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. The city wants to refurbish the house and convert it into a museum, but costs are an issue.

Before spending a lot of taxpayer money to rehabilitate a historic house, the city of League City should ask itself whether it’s the best organization to act as the main steward of historic preservation.

If the city decides it isn’t, which is probably the most rational conclusion, leaders should acknowledge that now and work to find and cultivate community groups that could take on the task.

 Laura Elder: 409-683-5248; laura.elder@galvnews.com

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(2) comments

Carlos Ponce

"Dealing with asbestos and lead in the house" They do it all the time on "This Old House. And those East Coast prices are usually higher than Gulf Coat prices. "How Much Does It Cost To Remove Asbestos? Typical Range: $1,092 - $2,710" https://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/environmental-safety/remove-asbestos/ "How Much Does Lead Paint Removal Cost? Typical Range: $1,129 - $4,653" https://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/environmental-safety/remove-toxic-lead/ Who will help pay for it? National Trust for Historic Preservation. https://savingplaces.org/grants "How to Apply for Grants from the National Trust Preservation Fund" https://savingplaces.org/stories/how-to-apply-for-grants-from-the-national-trust-preservation-fund

Chuck DiFalco

The $1 million figure for such a small building seems more like a scare tactic than an estimate. I see the breakdown in the referenced article, and I just don't buy it. Anyway, League City government has proven incapable of turning the Ghirardi house into a historical asset. After all these years, it just sits. Maybe they should give it to Houston's Italian Cultural and Community Center.

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