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Dilapidated house on the square in Middletown is a treasure: Letter

Posted 3/29/17

I read with great interest Dan Miller’s article on blighted property in the Jan. 11 Press & Journal.  One of the properties up for repair (or razing) is “the dilapidated yellow …

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Dilapidated house on the square in Middletown is a treasure: Letter

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I read with great interest Dan Miller’s article on blighted property in the Jan. 11 Press & Journal.  One of the properties up for repair (or razing) is “the dilapidated yellow residential property at the square.” Indeed, it could use some help.
The barn attached to its side, both on the square and extending into its backyard, was once a feed mill (my 95-year-old mother, nee Weirich, who grew up a half block away on North Union Street, remembers it well) but has been in bad shape for at least the last 60 years, and is probably home to hundreds of generations of rats.
The house itself, however, is one of the few remaining 18th century houses left in Middletown. It has a German floor plan (as opposed to an English one) and is well worth preserving. It may be a log house underneath all if its siding.
I’m sure there is more needed than just a good paint job and removing the vines that have taken over the side of the house, but it is a historical treasure for our town, and it deserves care. Good care.
I hope this is helpful to the borough council in making an informed decision.

Yvonne J. Milspaw
Hummelstown

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