It’s good to see our area’s many historic buildings rescued and restored.

Matt Mallinson of Sugar Creek has been rehabilitating the old Gilpin School building, which is now open for reunions or receptions or even basketball or badminton.

Mallinson lives nearby and says he bought the old place at 3609 N. River Blvd. for a simple reason: He didn’t want to see it torn down.

“It has historic value,” he points out.

A century and a half ago, William Gilpin had grand visions for the city – Centropolis, he called it – that he thought would grow here.

Mallinson aims to have the site included in the National Trails System. Federal recognition always means a lot for historic places. Mallinson has done the community a great service by stepping to save a piece of history.