Is Nothing Sacred?

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Is Nothing Sacred?

Post by Ralph » Wed Jun 14, 2006 8:36 pm

Sip on this: George Washington haunt a Starbucks?
Panel OKs changes for coffee shop at historic inn in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (AP) -- The historic Maryland Inn, a fixture of Annapolis since the 18th century when George Washington was a customer, is likely getting a 21st-century Starbucks coffee shop.

The Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to allow changes to the exterior of the inn, parts of which date to 1780.

"This is the last hoop for them to jump through," said Jean Tullier, a spokeswoman for Remington Hotels, manager of the inn, after the commission approved an architect's design to allow for wheelchair-lift access.

The proposed Starbucks is the final step in the renovation of the 44-room hotel on Church Circle.

The building, originally the King of France Tavern, was a haunt of American patriots and revolutionaries.

Parts of it still have the original brick floor, stone walls and cooking fireplace.

According to local lore, Washington once lost a horse in a game of cards there.

In the 1970s, a jazz club occupied the site.

Tullier said Starbucks will work to preserve remnants of both histories, including 18th-century architectural features and artifacts and recordings from the jazz club's heyday.
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Post by jbuck919 » Wed Jun 14, 2006 8:40 pm

I think they should abandon this plan and relocate to Highalnd Falls, NY.

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Brendan

Post by Brendan » Wed Jun 14, 2006 8:52 pm

Call me a cynic, but I think their idea to "preserve" history likely will mean kitsch exploitation of that history.

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Post by jbuck919 » Wed Jun 14, 2006 9:04 pm

Brendan wrote:Call me a cynic, but I think their idea to "preserve" history likely will mean kitsch exploitation of that history.
Thou knowest not what truth thou speakest.

The worst thing they ever did at Fort Putnam, which is located on the grounds of West Point, was to restore it from the splendid ruin it was into a "museum" for the sake of the US bicentennial. There is no analogue with Annapolis.

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

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