ruminations about architecture and design

Monday, January 27, 2014

in shelbyville, illinois

This is a building in Illinois that serves as a multipurpose gathering space for the surrounding community. It was built in the context of the Chattaqua movement of the turn of the last century. It has been used well over the years--some friends of mine were married there--and the community is planning a 5 million dollar renovation project. How long will something like this last? To what standards should it be held? I fear that it will burn down one day, which would be unfortunate, but its preservation in common memory has invested it with a power equal in some respects to Brunelleschi's masterpiece that I featured last week.

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