WASHINGTON, IND. (WTHI) - A controversy is cooking over the demolition of a former county home in southern Indiana.
Local historians are trying to find a way to put the brakes on the destruction of the old Daviess County Home.
The building that opened at the end of the civil war has put a local faith based drug recovery group at odds with preservationists.
The former Daviess County Home opened in 1865 and the building is now on the way down.
The Lighthouse Recovery Center took over the building about 7 years ago and officials say it has had problems from the roof to the basement with a big bout of black mold in between.
Even the bricks that hold it up are deteriorating.
Now officials say it has to come down.
"It would cost a million dollars or more to fix that house and get it to where it was before," said Director of the Lighthouse Recovery Center Pete Aldrich, "and who really even knows what it was like."
Local historians believe though the building should be saved.
"That's totally unnecessary," said Vincent Sellers with the Daviess County Historical Society. "I've had the DNR people out there and Historic Landmarks people out there to consult with them and we have determined the building has historic significance."
The 2 sides are looking at the same old building, but from much different viewpoints.
Where preservationists see a piece of history being destroyed, the owners see a hopeless money pit.
The Lighthouse Recovery Center has been working on the demolition from the inside out for the last 3 to 4 weeks.
Still Sellers says he would like another chance to try and save the building.
"We do not want a permanent solution to a temporary problem and once you tear that building down you can't save it," said Sellers.
That solution will have to come quickly because the old county home is set to be on the ground and gone in a matter of weeks.
The Lighthouse Recovery Center does say an historic stairway inside will be offered up to anyone doing an historic renovation.
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