Rocket team homes to be saved?

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Preservationists are trying to get the homes of Dr. Wernher von Braun's rocket team on the National Register of Historic Places after a developer requested to demolish one of them.

Historic Huntsville Foundation Chairwoman Donna Castellano said it's time to commemorate the 65 houses where America's space pioneers lived in the 1950s and '60s.

Todd Slyman is seeking the city Historic Preservation Commission's blessing to demolish the former home of Gerhard Reisig, which is now a rental property. Reisig, who died in 2005, was a key member of von Braun's team who specialized in rocket trajectory measurements.

According to Slyman's application, he wants to build a new home in its place that will be "more in keeping with the architecture" of the neighborhood.

But Ralph Petroff, who helped restore the Saturn V test rocket, said the von Braun team homes should be celebrated, not destroyed.
Information compiled by AP from: The Huntsville Times,

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