Renovated Scully Building will create new memories
By Mike Fak
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[August 07, 2008]
I remember clearly two decades ago taking our
son to the Scully Building. There was a bit of a step to get in the
front door that led to Abe's Carmel Corn at the time. Timothy always
gleefully managed to make the hop, holding on to either Mom or Dad's
hand. Inside, he would get down on his knees with a paper sack and
move along the aisles of bulk candy with the same enthusiasm a
prospector would have who just found gold everywhere he looked.
I remember walking the downtown with friends and family from
Chicagoland and always hearing their remarks of how interesting and
unique the Scully Building looked when compared to so many other
more modern, mundane structures in their own neighborhoods.
laugh I recall the old Continental Cablevision offices, in the side
wing of the old building, where Jim Ash and I did the Channel 15
television show -- often with multiple wastebaskets and plastic tarp
draped over the electronics when it rained outside.
I remember the cold January night of the fire that gutted the
venerable old building. I recall as I stamped my cold feet against
the street that I felt I was seeing an icon of Lincoln's historic
structures being destroyed in a torrent of water dousing callous and
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The concerns for the building have been numerous these past few
years. From an eyesore in a rejuvenated downtown to a possible
danger, talk has always been negative about what should be done with
the Scully Building. Rarely did those conversations include
restoration. It seemed that hopes for the building becoming again
what it once was had been extinguished along with those last hot
embers on a cold January morning.
Now, thanks to Patrick and April Doolin, those hopes that were
snuffed out for many of us can be rekindled.
The Scully Building will once again have its doors open to the
public, awaiting new residents to share and build new memories.
It is a great day for downtown Lincoln. It is a great day for
Lincoln. It is a great day for beginning new memories. And after
all, that is what life is, an album of memories. The Scully Building
deserves to be included in them. And now it will be.
[By MIKE FAK]
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