Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Something I find ironic about the Gummer fire is that if it was a new building faced in stone the place would be a complete ruins. It's against the building code to build stone buildings in the old style, stone upon stone, despite the fact that there are stone structures all over the world still standing from centuries ago, and will still be standing centuries from now, long after modern buildings have fallen into ruins. Now all you can do is brick-tie a thin stone facade onto a wooden interior wall. The frame burns, the ties fall out and down comes the wall, just like the 1950's brick wall in behind Stelle, it has to be torn down. The Gummer is a testament to the stone mason's craft and art.