I read the Great Bend Tribune article: “Kinsley Library presentations” (Jan 31 issue). That article noted the importance of showcasing old Opera Houses, gasoline stations, and other noteworthy pieces of architecture.
I like good, classic architectural buildings from various eras of time and in various locales. Just days ago, I took a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana. I had been there before. I had been to Catholic Mass in the famous Cathedral, which, itself, is quite an architectural marvel.
Most people are aware of the humorous movie “Groundhog Day,” which depicts actor Bill Murray endlessly replaying a Feb. 2 (Groundhog Day) that keeps repeating and repeating. Well, last week, I had an experience on “Groundhog Day” that I believe I’ll never be able to replicate or duplicate again (even if I tried).
I was hoping to enjoy a trip that showcased a bit of history while escaping the winter cold-fronts. By the time, I reached New Orleans, it was a beautiful 80 degrees outdoors!
I attended a regular meeting of the Etoile Polaire (“Polar Star”) Masonic Lodge which was established it the year 1794 which was years before “The Louisiana Purchase of 1802.” The current building dates from around 1820. It is an architectural wonder with a wonderful upper-floor grand staircase and hard wood flooring.
It was great to have such great timing to go to New Orleans on an 80 degree day this month, when gasoline was reasonably priced at $1.99 per gallon. However, it is almost impossible to duplicate this wonderful trip, even if I tried. So, it gives “Groundhog Day” an entirely new meaning. It was a day of unique happenings and not a day of repetition.
I applaud the work done at the Kinsley Library to similarly showcase outstanding works of architecture. The critical part is that old structures be properly maintained. While it’s great to see old photographs of buildings in Kinsley (and elsewhere) in their heyday: it is even better to see those buildings preserved in the modern era. For me, to walk into an elaborate building in New Orleans which was full of its French ambiance and architectural heritage, it was quite a treat
James A. Marples