Sparks were flying today in San Diego’s amazing Balboa Park!
As I walked near the Botanical Building, I noticed a small army of people working to preserve and improve the historic structure.
I spoke briefly to someone working on the project. He explained that the base of the colossal, over one hundred year old steel structure is being replaced. That’s because there’s a lot of weight to support!
I also learned that the steel framework of the Botanical Building was originally assembled using rivets, as was common in the past. The aging upper structure is being reinforced where necessary, including areas where past patchwork repairs were made.
I asked why the steel skeleton couldn’t be entirely replaced. The answer, of course, is that the Botanical Building has special historical status. It was built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition. It was one of the few exposition structures intended to be permanent.
How long will the structure endure once this restoration is completed? I asked. Well over a century was the answer!
Finally, as I walked about I noticed the removed cupola has been placed in a fenced area at the center of a nearby parking lot.
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