I haven’t taken a good look at the ceilings inside the Fisher Building since February 2006. This last winter was especially harsh, with record precipitation and cold.
Time and weather are indeed taking their toll inside the priceless Fisher Building, and the stencil work and murals are taking a hit. The concern is that due to the current economic conditions, a building like this may suffer irreparable damage before anyone can afford proper restoration.
It just isn’t that cheap these days to pay people to go up on a ceiling and paint amazing pictures with pure gold paint…
You can see the leaks and plaster runoff from the rotunda in two areas which then run down several stories.
This is near the western entry.
Same area showing both sides, each with damage.
But overall this building still looks amazing. For its age and everything considered, it is in good condition.
The place is still top shelf, so hopefully this minor water damage is not a beginning of a negative trend where this building eventually slips away from us.
The problem with the damage that is starting now, is that once water finds a way through a structure it tends to worsen the deterioration with time. Think “Grand Canyon“.
“Water Always Wins”..
The Fisher Building is my personal recommendation for a request of Federal economic stimulus package funds. Restore and preserve this important building and employ the highly skilled people it will take to do the job right. This particular building was always so well cared for, there is no reason it should not be in perfect order to see its 200th birthday. Or its 300th birthday.
Save the Fisher Building !