The Border Heritage Museum has a new exhibit on display, showing how Laredo has changed over many years. The idea was to show how the architecture and buildings have evolved over time in the Gateway City. Our Ryan Bailey was there and brings us more.
Laredo has a rich deep history that is shown throughout its buildings, plazas and architecture, especially in the downtown area. The Border History Foundation is hoping by showing you what it looked like in the past it will inspire Laredoans to hold on to these buildings into the future.
"By showing what we lost first and then focusing on what we have so we can revitalize it and enhance it to have a better community."
One of the biggest surprises Najar found, is how much of the downtown area was destroyed to build Bridge #2. According to him over 200 homes and businesses were taken down to make way for the Gateway City to get its name.
"We have the economic benefits of bridge number two but we also have the loss of a great amount of historic resources."
One of the ways for cities like Laredo to hold on to their history is by taking old buildings and renovating them like the Border Heritage Museum.
"We have great buildings that we can adapt and use for new uses and new spaces."
If nothing else they hope someone in a historic home or building will choose to hold on to it's past and see what it could be in the future.
"We need to see beyond just a neglected building, we need to see an opportunity."
Ryan Bailey, Laredo’s Pro 8 News.
Najar says if you own a historic home or building, and would like to learn more about preserving it to contact the Border Heritage Museum or the National Trust. This exhibit will be on display through the month of June.