Speculators Are Bidding for Temple of Music
Famed Building of the Pan-American to Be Re-Erected
in Another City and
Fee Charged to See Where McKinley Was Shot.
SEVERAL ANXIOUS TO GET HISTORIC PILE
Buffalo is to lose
and another city is to acquire one of the most historic mementos
of modern times, the Temple of Music, in which President William
McKinley fell beneath the assassin’s hand. It is to be taken bodily
away from Buffalo and erected in another city as a permanent structure.
Negotiations are under way between
the Chicago Wrecking Company and several concerns and individuals,
and as soon as satisfactory terms are agreed upon the Temple is
to be carefully taken apart, loaded on freight cars and shipped
to its new location. Just what city will obtain the relic is not
yet known, but it is understood that it will be either New York,
St. Louis or Chicago. Frank Harris, representative of the wrecking
company, announced the fact yesterday.
The idea of transporting
the Temple of Music and preserving it as a financial venture in
some large city seems never before to have been suggested. When
the Chicago Wrecking Company came into possession of the Exposition
buildings last week, it appears that one of its plans for gaining
on its investment of $80,000 for the wreckage was the sale of the
Temple. So far as Buffalo people knew the Temple was to be torn
down and demolished the same as the other buildings. It appears,
however, that speculators in that line have had their eyes on the
Temple for some time.
Mr. Harris said that he expected to
announce full details of the sale of the Temple within a few days,
and that Buffalo would probably see the last of it during the present
By the sale of the Temple to the wrecking
company, and the sale again to others, the structure will pass forever
out of the hands of the public and fall into the hands of private
ownership to be used as a private enterprise. The building will
be set up in whatever city it is sent and opened to the public this
summer for an admission price. While much will have to be added
to the building in the way of repairs and although a great deal
of the staff will be replaced by newer material, the body of the
structure itself will be there and the visitors to the place will
have the opportunity of seeing the actual place where President
McKinley was shot. Soon after the death of the President a painted
line was drawn around the exact spot on the floor where the President
fell and this is still there and will be preserved after the building
has been reconstructed.
How much will be paid for the building
is not known, but it is understood that the price will be much greater
than the actual worth of the material in it. Mr. Harris said he
had no reason not to give out all the facts other than that the
negotiations had not yet been completed. The wrecking company is
holding out for the highest bidder.
SALE OF TEMPLE CERTAIN.
“The Temple will be
sold, though,” said Mr. Harris. “You can depend on that. The parties
who are now after it are anxious to get it. It will be a great investment
for those who buy it, for there is not a large city in the country
where the Temple could not be set up and made to bring large returns
through admission fees.”
With the departure of the Temple of
Music to another city and the reconstruction of the Electric Tower
at Denver, the Pan-American Exposition features will be scattered
in a way not thought of a year ago. Buffalonians are beginning to
wonder what will be left in Buffalo to suggest that the Exposition
was held here instead of in some other city.