Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Silencing of the Bells

The iconic bell tower on the lakefront pier in Columbia Town Center is coming down. According to this story by Larry Carson in The Sun the wooden tower “will be dismantled sometime in late May or early June, according to CA officials.”

Last month I took this photo of the scaffolding that had been erected around the tower. I mistakenly assumed that the tower was being renovated. Apparently it is a lost cause.

“a recent examination by Century Engineering showed what were called "major deficiencies" in the structure, though it is not thought to pose any imminent danger. The four flag poles that sat around the bell were removed immediately after completion of the engineering report.”

Anyone want to place a bet as when the bells will toll again?

I’m thinking three years…at least.


Anonymous said...

And wait until they get to the rest of downtown'll never recognize it a few years from now. Bye bye, Mr. Rouse.