According to local historian and Young Museum coordinator Susan Lucke, a correction should be made concerning the caption in an old photo that accompanied a story on the old Button Factory (New Welcome Center) building that appeared on page 28 of last week’s Herald-Leader.
First, the north (River Plaza) building originally served as a parish house for the Lutherans, (not the Catholics), who owned it from 1924-1946.
It was the Lutherans who added a second floor and half-timbered look. (Half-timbering is a southern German-Austrian-Swiss building characteristic; Bellevue reflects northern German-Luxembourg-northern European vernacular limestone characteristics.
Also, according to records the two river buildings were constructed in 1860, not 1865. We apologize for the error.