Introduction | Cover Page | The Blueprint | Original Concept
Current Maintenance Conditions | Preservation | Revenue
Combined Approach Advantage | Expanded Marketing | Funding
Preservation - Blueprint for a Dream
The preservation of an antique carrousel is an ongoing process. There's nothing that can be done to change that, but there are a number of things that can be done to slow the aging process and to reduce the effort required to keep our 1909 Looff in world-class condition!
A carrousel figure that has become worn or damaged by years of the abuse of uncaring and uneducated riders often receives further damage on the way to the restoration shop. The figures are made to hang in suspension, and aren't prepared to cope with the stress of a ride to the shop. Modern carrousel buildings are equipped with restoration areas to eliminate this unnecessary transportation.
Antique carrousel figures must be repaired and maintained just as any mechanical device. With the planned demolition of the restoration area in the old science pavillion, repairs should be made on site in a new building. Planned with appropriate natural and artificial light and adequate ventilation, a safer and more productive environment can be created for both the workers and the carrousel components.
The preservation-restoration areas in a new carrousel building would include informational displays, and would be designed for viewing and educational tours. The education experience would be designed to educate the public on the history of the Spokane carrousel as well as its future. The continued support of the carrousel legacy is an important factor in its continued preservation.
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