My optimism for the future of the Adams died the
day I first saw the condition of its interior back
in 1999. The events of the past six years has done
nothing to change that. The auditorium is in just
as poor condition, if not worse, as the UA. I suppose
the Opera House (Capitol Theater) was in horrible
shape when it was restored. But the Madison Theater
was in better shape then the Adams and it fell.
With the demolition spree occurring around Grand
Circus Park lately I hope that at least the Fine Arts
Building survives. It is one of the better buildings
in the city, structurally separate from the theater,
and an important element that face of the park. Its
structural condition is deplorable and the building
would have to be rebuilt from within the shell. Whether
or not it can be saved is beyond my expertise. I can
only hope so.
I am more troubled by the actions of the building's
owners then I am by the structural condition. Over
the years they have done little to protect their properties
from the elements and vandalism. There is a reason
the buildings are in as poor shape as they are. Recently,
in a high profile case, they demolished one of their
properties that was in much better condition structurally
then the Adams/Fine Arts. Hardly encouraging circumstances.
As stated previously, I can only hope for the best.