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A historical building in Beeton is up for sale

August 27, 2015   ·   0 Comments

Dear editor:
The well-known Town Hall is in the hands of realtors. Built in 1895, this building has a unique and colourful story and we feel the Council of New Tecumseth should get involved to somehow save this building. We would hate to see this historical landmark abused and cut up.
This building was once the centre of Beeton. It was an opera house built when live theatre was an integral part of life in small towns and villages. It had a sloping floor running down to huge billowing curtains. The patrons relaxed in comfortable chairs as they watched all kinds of performances, from dramas to vaudeville acts. Every month there were presentations which the people of the area looked forward to.
Downstairs, it housed the municipal offices and, for a while, the telephone switchboard operated from there. This functioned well until the telephone companies got more than 25 customers! Then the “Beeton Telephone Company” was formed and its offices moved into the old power company building up the street. The lower area housed offices and the jail area. Here, the rowdy and suspicious could be housed until they faced the court room proceeding in our Town Hall.
It is a unique building that we feel could be saved. The Town of New Tecumseth has saved the Gibson Centre, the old arena in Alliston, and are now concerned about the welfare of the Alliston pool. It’s Beeton’s turn! We see this Town Hall as a part of the D.A.Jones Library and the “maybe” coming community centre/sports building, replacing the old and aching Beeton Memorial Arena (dated 1949). The Town Hall could be linked to the area and become a haven for offices and small boutiques. It could have an open mall where people could walk about and enjoy the open concept. The upstairs open opera area could be used for shows, meetings, and perhaps a small museum which could tell the public about Mr. Jones and his bees.
We feel the “shoe-box” that sits on the back of the Town Hall and the area of the old open rink behind Town Hall could be used for parking. Perhaps some of the business people now housed in other parts of Beeton would be enticed into this area. It’s a bold plan that we feel the Council should consider; especially Mr. Norcross who represents Beeton’s interests.
We would hate to see this beautiful building move out of the vision of the area. Its history and story demand that this bold idea be discussed. This would be a great way for the Council to help rejuvenate the Main Street of Beeton.
We challenge the Council to give this some thought. The Town Hall is part of Beeton and they must help us keep it in the fold. Remember – if you dream big, you can build big!
Bert Platt – Beeton
Historian & member of FAB
and
Ron Pegg – Flesherton
Historian & member of FAB

         


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