« on: September 05, 2008, 05:27:32 PM »
The attic was a huge fire problem and it was chock full of stuff. There were firemen specifically stationed in the attic 24-7 - and on the roof itself. They pulled out as many beams and replaced them with iron in the imperial wing during the various remodellings there. The attic was full of sand, I think it had a sand floor. I have never been in the attic, I was on the roof before the destruction of the 90's. I have seen the skylight in the corner of the 2nd follr corridor - just look for it if you get up there. The glass has either been painted over or replaced with painted boards, but it is still there. There was so much that survived that was just swept away in the savage clean-up of the rooms in the 1990's. They just ripped things out and tossed them that they didn't think were important. I call it 'slash and burn' restoration. I was shocked to say the least.
The destruction of the roof was a horrible act, and it didn't have to happen. They were given enough money to do it right, but a lot of the money was diverted. The responsible people got away with it, there was no one to stop them.