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Current Maintenance Conditions - Blueprint for a Dream
The building that houses Spokane's carrousel was designed for two purposes. It originally served as the Bavarian Gardens restaurant during Expo '74. Since Expo, the building has been used as the home for our carrousel.
There are a number of issues in using this building for the carrousel. Some of them are from design compromises caused by the design of a dual-purpose building. Other problems have developed over the years.
And because of the outdated glass doors and their gaps, the cost of heating or keeping
out unwanted dust and grime also adds to the annual operational costs.
The addition of "conditioned air" would assist in the continued use and preservation of the carrousel components and mechanism, which are more than 100 years old. It is also a revenue factor, as the temperature in the building has reached as high as 117 degrees during our hot, dry summers.
The dry heat shrinks the antique wood at a very fast rate and runs the customers out the door. It also creates stress on the lubricants and metal components of the machine.
The rapid humidity changes of the northwest, particularly in the spring and fall seasons,
also contribute to additional maintenance costs, as the wood must expand and contract rapidly and
does so at different speeds than the surface paint.
The lighting on the Spokane machine is part of its Historical Register status, and will remain the same. However, the current usage and expanded operating season has outgrown the carrousel building's general lighting and electrical capabilities. This prevents the addition of catering capabilities or additional modern equipment.
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