The following Letter to the Editor was submitted by Sunset Hills resident, attorney Drew Baebler:
I read with interest the book written by Sandie Grassino on the history of Sunset Hills. I purchased and read the book the same day. The anecdotes and pictures made this an insightful read.
I was struck by the number of historical structures in our area that had been razed in the name of “progress.” The developers are long gone, and all we have are memories and pictures, thanks to Grassino.
Right now in Sunset Hills on the rise overlooking the we have the opportunity to preserve the ten-acre Griesedieck estate, summer home to the famous brewer of Falstaff and Stag.
On this mostly wooded land stands a stone castle known as the “Tower” dating to about 1900 and the Griesedieck home, of the same vintage. Longtime Sunset Hills Resident Alwal Moore has purchased the property in the hopes of preserving this history for future generations. He would like to preserve the retreat as a cultural center where small groups can practice art and learn history in a beautiful setting. His hope is that the Cultural center, which would be a non-profit, could generate income enough to make the center sustainable as his legacy.
I encourage everyone to welcome this most charitable gift to Sunset Hills. Remember, once historical value is lost—it is gone forever.