Kasson preservation group ‘bombs’ historic buildings with Valentines
If you noticed a group of people running around Kasson last Saturday taping Valentines on buildings don’t worry; they had not been out in the cold too long.
They were members and friends of Kasson Alliance for Restoration, KARE, out “heart bombing” the buildings. Think photo bombing with hearts is how they described it on their Facebook page.
Heart bombing had its start a few years ago in Buffalo, New York, when a group of preservationists decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving Valentines to endangered or historic buildings.
The idea caught on and preservation groups throughout the country have followed through on the idea and do the same thing every February.
This year the local group decided to do the “heart bombing” of their own and 10 local buildings were selected, said KARE Board Member Kay Williams.
First on the list, she said, was the 1918 Kasson Public School. Saving the school building from demolition was the reason KARE was started originally and it remains the major focus of the group.
But other buildings were targeted for heart bombing as well including the old Kasson water tower, the movie theater on Main Street and the building next door, the Old City Hall, the building that houses the Mane Image Hair Salon, the old Eureka Hotel, an apartment building on Main Street the Spading House and the Moosbrugger law office.