Since last weekend, the front of the National Depression Glass Museum, 117 S. Washington, has been in ruins. Pam Meyer, president of the NDGM, does not know when the front facade will be repaired or when the museum will open again, but she believes it will be a long time.
“Some time in the night, it fell,” Meyer said.
The incident occurred on the night of July 26, the front facade collapsed, taking down bricks from walls and breaking the door and all the windows inside. Nobody was around when the structure fell and there were no injuries. The area is sealed off from the public now.
“We’re going to have to move,” Meyer said. “That’s what we’re going to have to do. At this point in time, I’m in a stew over this.”
Meyer does not yet have an estimate of the damage.
The facade was leaning out and in need of repair before the collapse occurred and workers had been making repairs on it earlier in the day on July 26.
“Every time it rained, it loosened things more,” Meyer said. “I hoped it would not fall in.”
The city building inspector had said it would take special people and equipment to fix the facade. Meyer had been trying to get the landlord to have the facade repaired since March, but he had not yet lined anyone up to do the job, Meyer said.
“I wasn’t surprised it took so long, but I was worried and rightfully so,” she said.
For now, the NDGM will be closed until further notice as repairs and a move is made.
“It’s not going to be a fast job,” Meyer said.