Curtains

Oct. 22, 2014

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I love a mystery, especially when it comes to an old building.  Who built it, why?  What happen in it, what was it's eveloution?  Some buildings are easier to find clues about than others.  I was hoping to find an architect's name, sometimes their drawings still exist, if someone thought they had value.  (If you are an architect, please make provisions to donate your drawings to an archive after you no longer need them.  If your building survives a hundred years, some one will be looking for them!)  

No such luck on this building.  But I did find a clue that lead me to a theatre supply company out of Kansas City that did a major update in the mid 1940's.  The Missouri State Archives had a file that I requested be sent to the local Archive office.  I was hoping for more, but any little bit is a clue.  All it had in it was curtain samples and a couple of time sheets for the girls that worked on the project.  

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    1944 Curtain Samples. The gold curtain is in a water damaged pile on the stage floor behind the movie screen, the red velvet is still evident on the walls of the theatre.
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    The curtains covering the exit doors are long gone, but this is the color of the velvet on the walls, also.