I was really hoping to find a ghost, so that we can finally give that ghost tour that everyone would like us to give.
All of the contractors and staff were gone for the day, and it was just me and the empty building.
It was actually the first time that I was able to quietly walk through the new spaces without all of the distractions of the renovations.
The only sounds were those of the new air conditioning fans and the occasional creaking of a floorboard. By the way, the new HVAC system is working very well so it was freezing inside.
Throughout my walk, I could see the subtle evidence of the thousands of people that have passed through the Valentine.
…the outline of a sink on the wall of the old darkroom…
…the strange patterns of concrete, brick, and plaster…
…the floors with their mosaics of tile, concrete, and wood…
I could see the decades of changes in the Valentine, and I could feel the energy of those who have worked so diligently over the years to ensure the vitality of this important place in downtown.
I also realized that, as the renovations quickly moved forward, these reminders would soon disappear behind drywall and under carpet.
I was really hoping to find a ghost, so that we can finally give that ghost tour that everyone would like us to give. Instead, I found the real spirits of this place that will find new life in our new spaces.
Bill Martin, Director
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