Restore old restroom building

By From page A8 | November 21, 2013

Now that there are new restrooms in Central Park, the city plans to tear down the old restroom building, which stands just south of the Hattie Weber Museum.

I had no problem with the city’s plan until I read the excellent recent article in The Enterprise written by Jim Becket, the museum’s director emeritus and a Davis Citizen of the Year. Jim makes a practical and persuasive case for preserving the old building and converting it for use as a storage and display adjunct to the museum.

He reminds us that the building is historically significant as the only Works Progress Administration-built structure in Davis. He explains the difficulty the museum faces as it seeks space for its growing collection of valuable memorabilia, which is essentially our collective memory as a city. Rather than scattering these materials far and wide, it is only logical that they should be housed next to the museum itself.

It would not cost much to rehabilitate the old restroom building for this purpose. The city ought to do it.

Ken Wagstaff

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