What kind of backward-thinking city or civic employee would store valuable and irreplaceable historic artifacts in a building that is condemned for public use and the target of vandalism? The city wanted to sell the land with a burdensome, albeit historic, building.
This fire brings back memories of the Strand Theater, the Southern Pacific Depot and those two hotels that got in the way of the city and county's grandiose plan. Whether through rampant redevelopment, city ignorance or suspicious fires, this city seems unable to preserve historical architecture.
Come on, fellow Modestans, the current civic buildings with their Taco Bell-inspired architecture is enough to make me long for the old Crocker Bank.
MICHAEL W.T. LOGAN