Open thread: Preserving the building that housed Emery’s Ice Cream Shop.


When this issue arose, there was a spirited e-mail dialogue among the board members of Develop New Albany. My personal opinion is that the money would be better spent elsewhere, because a closer examination of pleasant memories and nostalgia would reveal an attachment to operating family and its product, not the building itself. That’s my view. Yours?

Emery’s Ice Cream Shop: Demolition of old New Albany ice cream shop is frozen; Preservationists hope to move longtime New Albany fixture, by Harold J. Adams (Courier-Journal).

So Renn got a demolition permit from the city and started to tear apart the former ice cream shop early last month. He began with ripping off part of the roof one evening and then took a break.

That turned out to be a lucky break for the building — maybe.

The next morning, an employee of the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana was driving by and spotted the gaping hole in the roof and a Bobcat loader next to the building. She realized that a symbol of countless area memories was about to disappear.