Thursday, May 15, 2008
If These Walls Could Talk
I attended a networking event held tonight at The Commencement; a large condominium project being built in the tiny Town of Ruston. Their showroom is located inside the former Ruston School building. As a historian myself I always think first of the history and the lives a building such as this has touched over the years. Walking through the front door and as I reached the top of the stairs I saw a few historic photos of Ruston School and Point Defiance Park along with a brief history of ASARCO and Mr. William Rust, my favorite gentleman in Tacoma’s history. As I walked forward into the showroom everything else was new. New tile, new paint, new furnishings; all to entice you to buy one of their shiny new condominiums. My mind still wandered to the historic side of the building. If these walls could talk what would they say? How many children cried on their first day of school here? How many children met life long friends here? Who started a teaching career here? Who forgot their lunchbox at home? Who laughed? Who felt pain? What would Mr. Rust say about Ruston today if he were alive? In the celebration of handshaking and business card exchange my mind could not stray from the many questions I want to ask the walls, only if they could talk.