Saturday, March 20, 2010
Museum people tend to complain a lot about the buildings where they're housed, even the new ones, but if you want to see some truly scary stuff check out Dan Chure's blog on the renovation of the Quarry Visitor Center at Dinosaur National Monument. Built on unstable ground in 1958, over the last few decades the center has become a carnival funhouse for paleontologists. I've included one of my favorite photos from Dan's blog - FYI the bookshelves in this picture are level (incidentally I once lived in a rented house in Oxford that had floors like this - I had to chock my furniture to stop it moving). Anyway, the Park Service has decided to tear the building down, rather than waiting for it to fall down by itself, and replace it with something better. The Plan calls for partial demolition and extensive rehab and rebuilding of that structure and a second building that will serve as a park wide visitor center. The Center will reopen in the Fall of 2011.