Protecting our history; starting on Charles Street
For some years now, a few people asked me to get involved but I always felt there was nothing I could do. After so many years, the Stirrup family gave up the house, which was given historic designation in 2004.
The Stirrup House on Charles Street, backs up to the Aries Group's other properties: Calamari, La Botegga and The Taurus. They had planned to turn the property into a restaurant or a bed and breakast. At the other end of Charles Street is The Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery, named for the love of Ebenezer Stirrup's life. It's a very historic street with most if not all of the houses built by Stirrup to house fellow Bahamians who settled here. That is Mr. Stirrup at left.
Charles Street is one of the most historic streets in Coconut Grove. It should all be protected by more than just designating it all historic. This is the front porch of the Stirrup house. Not good today. The houses could be turned into small art galleries, coffee shops or more. Right now, people live in the shotgun style houses and maybe that's even better than businesses taking over. But in any case, the Stirrup house should be restored and protected. I wrote about this in 2009.
We're losing too much of our history around here and this one can easily be saved if the owners just cared a little bit more.
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