|Old Packing House Now Sheds Water
It was planned for demolition to make way for a parking lot. How many times have we heard that story? Except, hardly an architectural beauty, it’s doubtful that anyone would have missed it, but it’s earned its weight in corrugated metal faster than anyone could have guessed.
Hidden behind the museum, this nondescript warehouse was suddenly indispensable for large equipment and oversized artifacts.
When the Studebaker dealer was dismantled on Sixth Street, 10,000 used bricks were cleaned and donated. They were locked in the shed. How about granite foundation blocks for the Victoria Hotel? Put them in the shed. A fertilizer wagon? “You’ll find a shed in the back, friend.”
Then prospective artists-in-residence came and found the different spaces made very nice studios. The last space to be filled will be the glass blowing shop scheduled to open and commence classes by the end of the year.
There was only one problem – the roof leaked like a sieve. Not a good thing for art or artifacts. It was decided the best choice for a new roof would be a 2” thick sprayed insulating foam over the existing steel covered by a sealing membrane and aggregate.
The best job quote received was for $8,000 from Corona Coatings Corp. Fortunately, we were able to cover the cost of the entire project through donations from the estate of Frank & Martha Cherry, Trautwein Construction, Jamison Engineering Contractors, Engineering Systems & Contruction, with special thanks for all the labor and materials from Benny Benson.