Dan Finfrock of Fairfield, who at an earlier meeting called the station the most important commercial structure still standing in Hamilton, urged officials Wednesday: “Let’s move both buildings and not do the job halfway.”
The city said the station not only hosted visits by presidents Abraham Lincoln, Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower, but also by Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover.
City Manager Joshua Smith earlier said it would cost $1.8 million to move only the single-story building, which hosted Lincoln’s visit before the other was built and also bring it to a state where a tenant would only have to decorate the inside and add equipment and furnishings to move in. No estimate has been offered for the costs of bringing both buildings to that state.
Fieher and Vaughn have expressed concerns that moving the buildings, which were built by the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad, could damage them. They also said Hamilton had bigger needs and worried about unexpected unknown costs the saving the buildings, for which there is no tenant.
“We all know it will cost more for two buildings than it will for one, but I’m going to go forward about a hundred years,” Moeller said. “I don’t know how many buildings are still going to be still standing in 2021, historic or non-historic, but I’ve got a funny feeling that if we are able to save both of these buildings, both these buildings will still be standing a hundred years from now.