Saturday, February 25, 2012

Worcester State Hospital Clock Tower

Congratulations and thank you to Preservation Worcester and other local preservationists for their work in saving the Clock Tower at the former Worcester State Hospital.

GOTHIC BUILDING  Preservation Worcester is working on a campaign to save this structure.Photo courtesy Preservation Worcester
from Preservation Worcester website
I was hoping that the surrounding Administrative Building could have been saved along with the Clock Tower, but I would agree that the Clock Tower is indeed the most important element - driving home from Boston on 290, I know I am home when I see the Clock Tower in the distance.

Although it seems to be growing on me, I am still having a hard time imagining a free standing clock tower without the surrounding building:

from Preservation Worcester website

It looks naked to me! I'm sure those who remember the entire complex think that it looks naked with just the Admin Building and Cock Tower.

I wonder if there is some way that we could retain some portions of the Admin Building as a ruin? Can we retain some pieces of the building's structure and avoid the temptation to 'clean-up' the lower part of the Tower too much? Ideally, a future visitor to the site would see the ruins and the 'messy' lower part of the Tower and be able to easily read that the Tower is just a piece of something that was much larger. Perhaps lower portions of some of the walls of the Admin Building could be retained so visitors could walk through the 'rooms' of the former building. And if I put on my engineering hat for a minute, retaining some of the walls abutting the tower may help structurally support the Tower itself, thus reducing the expense associated with reinforcing the Tower alone.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Food Truck Festival Coming to Worc. This Summer

Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (ET)
Worcester, MA

I hope they invite the hot dog truck that sets up shop there the other 364 days of the year!

Item to watch - Elsewhere on their website they mention a beer garden at the Worcester event. The Summer Nationals was just turned down in their request to sell alcohol at Green Hill Park, will we see another request to review the current "no alcohol in city parks except for the Common with special permission" rule?