28th, Sacramento, California lost an architectural
treasure--almost. Iceland, our ice skating rink was
burned. I'd photographed Iceland in the past but it
wasn't until I returned to see the damage that I
realized how much it meant to generations of people
in the neighborhood.
Over the years I've received many requests to
publicize restoration efforts but never have I seen
such an outpouring of support as for Iceland.
Another thing that makes this situation unusual is
that Iceland holds a bit of a secret. Its ice
making equipment is located in a building next door
and wasn't damaged by the fire.
Right now, the plan is to have Iceland open for
business this fall as an outdoor skating rink. But
with enough support there is no reason it can't be
restored entirely. Since these photos were taken
over 75 local volunteers have worked to remove the
debris. A sign maker has agreed to restore the
If you can help, please do. If you are affiliated
with a preservation organization, please spread the
word. This isn't just about an old building; its
about showing what can be done when people refuse
to have something special taken from them.