This afternoon I decided to drop off a sunshine at this location – a former theater turned office building.
I don’t have any connection to this place. I don’t know what kind of businesses are in the building and I’ve never been inside it. It’s just one more structure located just off an intersection I drive through almost daily. I’ve taken walks here in the neighborhood for years, and my hairdresser and my dentist (site of an earlier sunshine drop-off — I checked and the sunshine is gone…) are across the street from the building. Somehow this building has attracted my attention. I always take note of it when I am here. I check on it. I feel somehow connected to it.
Why? For one thing, I like its looks. It’s never been a theater since I’ve known it, although it’s obvious that’s what it once was – I’d guess one of those built in a Moorish or Spanish style popular in the 1920’s or 1930’s. It’s not very big – probably just a little neighborhood theater here in this small commercial area.
It’s had a recent sprucing-up, which pleases me. I am happy the building is being cared for.
You see, I think of buildings as having personalities, life, feelings. I have always loved architecture and I especially love old buildings that have persevered and adapted. I am sure that the builders of this theater did not anticipate its use as an office building today, but then – I would hope they would see that their work led to a structure that has been useful and appreciated all this time.
It just seems very important to me that I recognize and acknowledge the presence of endurance wherever I see it. Survival is everything.
Here is an explanation of the Sunshine Project.