Sometimes newcomers to Havre see things in our fine city that longtime residents miss.
Such was the case when Marc Whitacre and his wife, Erica Farmer, arrived in town for their jobs at Northern Montana Vision Center.
It wasn't long before they saw the opportunities at the former post office and federal building on 3rd Avenue.
The couple announced plans this week to restore the architectural treasure. The first two floors will be for renovated for offices and other public spaces. The couple will use the upper floor as their home.
Many of us have driven by the building, bemoaned the deteriorating condition of the building, its empty, unused status, and moved on.
But Whitacre and Farmer were willing to take the chance on the building.
The building leaves something to be desired. The exterior remains in good condition, but the interior is in need of repair. Years of neglect have caused all kinds of problems with the heating.
The building is an important part of Havre's history. It is also a vital part of its historic neighborhood that includes the Masonic Temple and the Hill County Courthouse. The three buildings are full of history and interesting architectural significance.
That's why we are so happy Whitacre and Farmer have purchased the building now, before it has declined beyond repair.
Havre and Hill County have lost too much of their history.
By purchasing the post office and planning for some interesting things, Whitacre and Farmer are helping preserve Havre's past while making an investment in what we are sure will be an interesting future.