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Save the Whitney House in Glassboro, New Jersey!

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We, the residents and friends of the Borough of Glassboro, are standing firm against the recent decisions to raze the Whitney-Capie Home, which was the home of one of our great industrialists, Eben Whitney, II. This grand Victorian home was built during the Civil War, with much ornamentation from the era still seen on the outside of the home today. This home was actually built around a small, older brick home that once stood on the site. It was said that due to the scarcity of brick during the war, the original house was incorporated into the newer one. It was covered in clapboard and today forms the southwest portion of the home. Originally, the intent was to refurbish this home. It would have been a fitting end-point to "Rowan Boulevard", where our founding industrialists-the Whitneys- met with our modern-day industrialist-Henry Rowan. What a testimony to both past and present development it could be if the Whitney-Capie House could be restored and saved for that purpose. It could serve as a museum to honor both the Whitneys and Henry Rowan for their contributions to our great community. It should also be noted that the name of the borough, Glassboro, is relatively significant only because of the glass-manufacturing industry that our founding fathers created. We are WHO we are because of their accomplishments. Today, there are very few reminders present that relate us to our history, and we need to preserve what little we have left. The Whitney-Capie House is one of those reminders. We strongly petition the Mayor and Borough Council to develop and adopt an ordinance, or to place an injunction, in order to save the Whitney-Capie House. We further petition the Board of Trustees of Rowan University to reconsider their decision and to allow for input and volunteerism from residents who are willing to serve to restore the Whitney-Capie House to its once grand status at a lesser price than that projected by the consulting firm. We, the undersigned, urge all involved to save the Whitney-Capie home in Glassboro.


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