This morning I woke up to Erica saying "oh no" under her breath... when I rolled over I saw her reading a story on the AnnArbor.com website about our favorite building in Ypsi, the Thompson building, having been burnt very badly in a fire.
I couldn't tell much from the photos online, as the front of the building took the least amount of damage... but the damage inside was staggering.
This is such a beautiful, historic and interesting building - probably one of the most famous structures in this entire city - and for the first day in just shy of 150 years; there's not much left of it. It's very sad.
I saw an opportunity to sneak in through the back of the building... which now, thanks to the fire, was a wide doorless opening. Yes, I realize that's trespassing.
But the odds of this building being bulldozed to the ground in a month seemed too high to just walk away. I took my camera inside and very carefully recorded what I saw. I really just wanted a record of this day... something detailed... something more than a simple wide shot from the news cameras outside the building.
This structure has seen so much. Seems like such a wasteful ending.