Since the city has wisely reinstated the downtown historic district, it is time to further protect the architectural and historic diversity of our central business district.  

     Although the Victorian facades of many buildings in downtown Ripon are wonderful and are in the process of being restored, we should also be sure to value architectural landmarks of later periods.  Particularly, getting buildings like 125 Watson St. (the former National Forensic League building) and 114 Watson St. (the former Treasury building) recognized individually for historical protection.  

     Both are the best and only unchanged examples of 1930s Art Deco and 1960s Mid Century Modern architecture that still exist on Watson Street.  ...

     Though both currently are unoccupied, we have confidence that as the downtown continues to grow that they will be re-embraced as fixtures of the downtown. ...

—Matthew J Koski,
owner of 111 Blackburn St.
Travis E Nygard,
23 Shepard St.
art and architectural historian

     To read the entire letter, see the Aug. 9, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.