Opinion
How Well Do You Know the Area? Do you know where this week’s picture was taken? If you do, call the Enterprise-Pilot at 747-8282 and let us know. If you have a picture that you think might be interesting for others to guess, drop it off in our box at Raynham Hall Museum, 20 East Main St., Oyster Bay.

Carla Panetta called about the Jan. 15 mystery picture. "It was taken at the Main Street Association annual meeting in Christ Church's new auditorium. That was the woman who talked about useful things for smart growth and making places around town. The reason why I remember it is because I had to sit and listen to preservationists talk about all the hassles about building the Octagon Hotel according to their rules and they hadn't invited the owner and architect about the current plans for the Octagon Hotel, which are beautiful and an octagon shape and very close to existing. It was a slanted meeting so I remember it very well," she said.

[The Enterprise Pilot attended the meeting which we have not yet reported on. Our take was that it was an informational meeting for members of the Main Street Association - who comprised most of the attendees at the meeting. The discussion centered around how to create public spaces and later, on guidelines for historic preservation. There are two views of what historic preservation entails: one is a strict adherence to renovation to preserve all that is possible to ensure that the building will be eligible for preservation funds. The other method is doing what could be considered a "practical renovation." One of the issues in the Octagon House is the upstairs windows. If restored as they were, they would not conform to current fire standards. On the other hand, the preservationist's view at the meeting was, "Don't remove the clapboard exterior, it is all that is holding the building together." What is important to know is that if the building is demolished, re-building it as an octagon will not conform to existing guidelines. It is our hope that the building will be maintained and restored however that is possible to do. - DFK]

Rosemary Colvin too, identified the mystery picture as being taken in Christ Church. "I recognize the new windows that match the originals in the hall. I volunteer there for the Hispanic Cultural Center. Christ Church donates space to the HCC," she said.

Billy Minicozzi recognized the photo was of a church on East Main Street. In a sports note he said, "The Eagles and the Steelers will be in the SuperBowl. He wished good luck to the Colts and the new coach they are getting, and added, "Whoever coaches the Jets this year, they have a lot to do."


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