Letter: ‘It is part of what makes San Rafael …’

Blowing the whistle on Whistlestop plan …

As a longtime San Rafaelite, I was disturbed to learn that the Whistlestop building, built in 1928, will possibly be demolished to make way for a five-story building to house seniors. While housing seniors is a laudable goal, is this location appropriate? Moreover, the Whistlestop building itself is important insofar as it echoes the Mission style that characterizes the unique quality of San Rafael and the building cheerfully greets people (and has greeted people for many years) who enter San Rafael. It is part of what makes San Rafael San Rafael—not just any old place.

Those of us who recognize the architectural, cultural and historical importance of the Whistlestop building (setting aside the sentimental value) should make our feelings known to the mayor and city council so they will put a stop to this ill-advised plan.

Nadia Silvershine, San Rafael

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