We Went, We Saw, We Concurred


Well, my partner and I, anyway, and a few other people who looked closely at the proposed new art center building. We concurred the building is a tear-down. While a few “boosters” stood upstairs on the slanted floors (not steep enough to spill soup!), talking about how great it would be to move from the historic Washington Street Arts Center to this decrepit pit, a number of us members actually explored the black moldy, hole-y, water damaged, freezing (the holes in the walls and around the windows, after all, let in the barely above-zero outside air) basement.  The basement where they say they want to start teaching kids’ art classes as soon as possible.

Brick or stucco? Heavy wood beams and plaster or metal poles and particle board paneling? Stained glass artistry or glass brick in rotted sills? High, intact ceilings to accommodate sculptural installations or cheap dropped panel ceilings bulging with water damage? 200-year rated sloped roofing or a leaky flat roof?

Hmm. Doesn’t seem like much of a choice to me.

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