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hilleviw in photo_scavenger

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Construction of this building started during the recovery from the 1906 earthquake, which did damage well beyond San Francisco, even though there weren't such major fires here.  The building opened as the Santa Rosa Post Office in 1910, and served that function until the late 1970s, when a new building was constructed for that purpose.  The building was slated for demolition, but a local architect arranged to move the building about three blocks, and re-open it as the county museum and historical society.  This is where I've been working part-time for the last couple of months.  As an exhibition space it has some quirks, but all in all I think it's a pretty good reuse.


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What a cool building - and pretty big to move, too. Houses are one thing, but something big enough to be a museum? It's probably good that they only had to go 3 blocks.
Something big enough to be a small museum, but yes. Wish I'd seen them move it, that must've been quite a sight.
What a cool story! I hate to see neat old building knocked down. Glad this one was saved!
Me too. The architect behind the salvage is still in town. Kind of an entitled jerk, actually, but I'll forgive him a lot for saving the building.
I'm so glad the building was saved!
Likewise. Apparently the town used to have one of the original Carnegie libraries too, and people still mourn its absence. The current library building is functional, but not inspiring.
My old hometown had an original Carnegie library, too. It had the impressive long staircase leading up the the adult library (children's section was in the basement). Unfortunately, that beautiful limestone stair was part of the problem, as the building was woefully inadequate to serve the handicapped. The new library is a big metal rectangle, but it is handicapped accessible, so it serves the community better.

Functionality shouldn't mean we are relegated to big metal rectangles.
Great place to work! I don't know many perfect museum spaces, so historic and quirky sounds pretty good to me.
Historic and quirky are good, but I'm disabled, so I'm conscious of things like days when I don't have it in me to get up the dozen stairs to the door. There's a lift installed in order to comply with the ADA, but it isn't turned on because people play with it and break it, and there's no way to summon help without getting to the front door. So if a person in a chair wants to visit, they can't come alone. They have to bring someone who can go up the stairs, ring the bell for help, wait for someone with a key to come unlock the lift, and then hope that the lift is actually working (it's not protected from weather or critters, so has all sorts of mechanical problems).
Uh. No, I see your point. That's the kind of quirk that goes beyond cute into darned inconvenient and exclusive. Sigh. Still a lovely building to look at, though.
Definitely a building worth recycling!
I think so. And there are all these funny remnants to remind you of its past, like a bank of PO boxes in the basement, to which no-one has the keys. Since we can access them from the business side, they're good for sorting and storing things like brochures and cards.