Payson Should Work Together To Preserve Sidles House



Regarding your article and your editorial about the Sidles home, I would like to offer a few comments for public consideration, but first, I will make a request that you refrain from referring to that structure as a "mud house."

It is in fact an adobe house, and if you print any articles about this lovely structure in the future and refer to it as such, perhaps the public will become enthused and embrace the prospect of making it a restoration project for the community.

While the term "mud house" is not necessarily a complete misnomer, after all, adobe bricks are made from mud, to people like myself who have an appreciation for adobe structures it is considered an insult to the structure to call it a "mud house."

Sort of like calling a CPA a "bookkeeper."

This structure is in a sad state of disrepair at the moment, and that awful dilapidated mansard siding does nothing to improve the appearance, but, if you could see that structure as it could be, in a fully restored condition, with the door rebuilt and glass windows in place, then it will be easy for you to print future articles that speak of what a wonderful structure it once was, and can be again.

I find it ironic that the folks who are promoting the Main Street Project are willing to let this building be demolished and lost to the community forever, especially when millions of dollars are being spent on the project overall, and even though a "reproduction" of this structure could be built, it can never be replaced. Think about the new Zane Gray cabin when you think about the Sidles house. The cabin is marvelous, but it will always be a reproduction.

If the community chooses to save this lovely structure, the actual cost of restoration would be minimal if we set our goal to preserve the structure and making it useful again, and not that of meeting The National Historic Registry standards.

Modern materials and tools will make the work go quickly and I believe that we can get most of the labor donated. So, the hard cost is in the purchase price of the property.

If the people who live in and around the Town of Payson can pull together, we can buy this property, restore it and make it an attraction for the many visitors who come to town to see and enjoy, and that cannot be a bad thing now can it?

Let us not lose this wonderful example of frontier life in the Rim Country. Let us instead take pride in our community and our heritage and make this home a showpiece.

Jim Estess


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