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Mathews residents discuss ways to preserve the Callis House

A group of residents calling themselves Friends of Saving the Callis House met last week to discuss helping the Bay School Community Arts Center come up with a way to preserve and use the house it purchased last year rather than demolishing it.

The discussion included such topics as finding a buyer and moving the house, which is located behind the Bay School, to another location on Main Street and changing the configuration of rooms so the house would better suit the school’s purposes.

Among those who met were an architect, contractors, a historian and several people who own old homes and have gone through the renovation process.

Retired cabinet-maker Robert Peterson was in favor of moving the house to a more prominent location on Main Street where it would be more visible and add to the street’s ambience.

“Ever since I’ve known about the court house, I’ve watched lovely old buildings deteriorate and fall down,” said Peterson. He suggested that t...

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