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Historical mix foreseen for Inverness

Published Oct. 10, 2005

David Pattillo's vision for downtown Inverness would mix Scottish tartan patterns with Victorian, traditional European and frontier architecture.

In a series of drawings he has done in support of the fledgling downtown redevelopment effort, he said, he resisted creating a period vignette such as Orlando's Church Street Station or colonial Williamsburg, Va.

"Those are frozen in time," he said. "We're not. We've been growing and developing."

Pattillo's drawings will be hung at an office that the city plans to set up in the Masonic Temple building for the downtown redevelopment effort. The office will serve as headquarters for a survey of historical buildings and sites, which will help the city apply for historic preservation grants.

Pattillo is the volunteer project coordinator for the survey. With the help of a $7,250 state matching grant, the city will hire a consultant to carry out the survey. The city hopes to complete the survey by June 30.

In his color drawings, Pattillo has adapted his vision to existing buildings and businesses in the downtown redevelopment zone.

He also has created a series of city signs with a Scottish tartan background. Inverness is named for a Scottish town.

"Inverness is a sacred place in Scotland," he said. "It's where the battle of Culloden took place, when Scottish culture and society was virtually wiped out."

In the battle on April 16, 1746, the forces of English King George II defeated those of Charles Edward Stuart, or Bonnie Prince Charlie, at Culloden, about five miles east of the town of Inverness in the county of Inverness, ending an uprising he had launched with the aid of some Scottish clans.