Wednesday, November 11, 2009
McGuire Scaffold-Watch! Week: ???? + 30
Just look at that scaffold gleam in the fall light! This morning was a fine time to photograph the McGuire. You know, I don't even remember what it looks like without its exoskeleton. I recall that it was tall, but the rest escapes me.
I had an interesting exchange with a certain reader last week, detailing the possible reasons for the eternal scaffold. Basically, the building's exterior is so poorly constructed that dwarf army work crews have to re-attach balconies, lest they give way and spill their occupants into the street. He also mentioned something about the seals around all the windows being faulty due to the emission of sulfuric gas by imported gypsum board when it's exposed to moisture. Yeah, who could have predicted that would happen? I mean, somebody had to know in advance. He also sketched out a dire financial scenario for the McGuire's owners, managers and contractors. So essentially, the McGuire is going through a really rough patch. It's badly built and it's broke. Well, if it does go under just think of the studio space that artists would gain! But thinking more realistically, I think the city would probably take it over first and turn it into another jail. The big question is whether they'll be able to get rid of the scaffold.