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Letter: Stern home does not deserve special treatment from City of Fargo

Henry Holtgard of Fargo writes, "They claim the house is a Frank Lloyd Wright house but it was but it was actually designed by his granddaughter. Frank Lloyd Wright actually turned it down. Just because the house is on a historical registry means nothing when it's not real. Its was put on the registry to stop the buyout."

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Why should the Stern house be offered special treatment on a flood buyout when no one else did on South River Road?

They claim the house is a Frank Lloyd Wright house but it was but it was actually designed by his granddaughter. Frank Lloyd Wright actually turned it down. Just because the house is on a historical registry means nothing when it's not real. Its was put on the registry to stop the buyout.

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FARGO - A Fargo house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's granddaughter is historically significant and should be saved from the wrecking ball if at all possible, the city's Historic Preservation Commission determined Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Ever heard of a Shelby Cobra sports car? Carroll Shelby Cobras go for $1 million plus. Tributes sell for $50K. Why? Because Carroll Shelby didn't design them. Just like the Stern House. Frank Lloyd Wright didn't design that house.

The city should not pay $2.2 million dollars to move the house or spend $2 million dollars on a personal flood wall which could zero out the resale value of the house. Who will buy a house on the wet side of a dike?

I wonder if they can get flood insurance on the wet side of the dike? So if the house is lost in the next 100 year flood, the city will have wasted millions!

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Stop the wasteful spending and bad decisions. Contact the City and say no to special treatment on the Stern house and give them the standard buyout.

Henry Holtgard lives in Fargo.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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