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The Charles Rennie building of the Glasgow School of Art has burned, for the second time in four years, and presumably for good.

The library took fire four years ago, just before graduation day (also just after they rejected my daughter's application -- these two events are unrelated, as far as I know)

The restoration has been going on apace, and I had been looking forward to seeing it restored to its former glory when my daughter graduates next year (her second application was successful). Alas, it is not to be.

She sent me videos of the fire, she lives just outside the exclusion zone.

Although the first fire was accidental, I'm having trouble believing the second one was. Perhaps the police shoud verify the whereabouts of one Alistair Grey. Or any number of weirdos who graduated, or didn't, in the past hundred years.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 02:00:11 PM EST
An architectural gem, now forever lost.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 02:45:45 PM EST
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I just find it staggering that, having it burn down once, they'd build it and still consider fire-proofing as some sort of bolt-on goodie as opposed to being designed in from the start.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jun 19th, 2018 at 02:57:20 PM EST
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Retrofiting sprinklers and detectors can detract from serious aesthetic considerations. And then there is the water damage to consider. :-)

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jul 7th, 2018 at 02:18:30 AM EST
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yea, chuffing idiots.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jul 7th, 2018 at 07:57:44 AM EST
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