Save our Saucer has gone big time.
The campaign to save the saucer structure outside the Hyattsville public library was featured on the blog of the National Trust for Historic Preservation today.
The post notes that the saucer is a “a poured-concrete ode to the Space Race” — something the ad hoc campaign to save it calls “likely the most iconic structure in the city of Hyattsville.”
But it also notes that the consensus among library staffers and county officials is that the building itself is not worth saving, with a 2010 facility assessment showing it would cost more to renovate the building than to start over.
Inside, though, the 1964 building is notably dated. “There’s no technology infrastructure,” explains Michael Gannon, associate director for support services at the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. “There are very few electrical outlets, and it’s also barely (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant.” He adds that the windows in the building had to be bolted shut after they frequently slid open by themselves. …
“We have buildings that are historical and architecturally significant, and Hyattsville is not one of them,” Gannon says of the larger system of public libraries in Prince George’s County, some of which have won architectural awards.
Library officials claim that public opinion is split on whether to save the saucer, though Save Our Saucer’s Facebook page has 515 fans.