Here is a picture I made last week of a guy working on the roof of the old county library in downtown Fairfield. The old library is one of the few old/historic public buildings in Fairfield and its Spanish-Colonial style is unique in the city. It was the source of some tension a few years ago when the county commissioners were approving the plans of the new county government center, looming in the background of this picture. Some people wanted to tear the library down, others wanted to save it and in the end the new building went up alongside the old. I covered the county commissioner meeting when that vote was cast and there were some happy preservationists in Fairfield that day. Now they are fixing up the old library and turning it into a conference center and that's what the roof work is part of.
The massive county government center provides the graphics and context for this picture but I also feel like a picture of the old building without the new building would be incomplete. For me, it's like the newer glass and steel structure once held the fate of the little Spanish-Colonial style library in its hands and decided to let it live. The future of the smaller building will always be tied to the larger one in my mind.