When Rosalie and I went to Forks for Stephenie Meyer day last month, we were so excited for the chance to go back and see the real Forks High School again. But when we got there, this was all we found...
Trust me, it used to be bigger. The main building was built in the 1920s, and has been labeled "condemned" for quite some time. This last summer, they tore down most of the building except for the front entrance, hoping they could keep it as a historic monument. But now, because of expenses, it's looking like the facade might not be able to stay after all. According to Penninsula Daily News...
"The brick facade of the oldest Forks High School will fall to economic reality.
The facade, which includes the main doorway and an embossed "Quillayute Valley High School" above the door of the 1920s-era building, will not remain as a monument on the newly rebuilt campus.
Nostalgia to the tune of a quarter-million dollars is too costly, the Quillayute Valley School District decided last week.
The School Board was hoping to incorporate the front of the building -- left standing when the rest of the condemned structure was demolished last summer -- into the design of the new campus.
The facade would have been left as a stand-alone structure as a part of a grand entrance to the school.
The brick design of the leaky old building figures heavily in the descriptions of the Twilight saga, which has propelled Forks and the West End to worldwide acclaim.
In addition to Twilight fans who often visit the school to see and photograph the place where heroine Bella Swan meets her vampire love, Edward Cullen, the building holds greater nostalgia for generations of longtime West End families who attended school there long before Bella and Edward.
But saving the facade would cost $271,000 on top of the $12.2 million construction bid accepted Friday, and its just not feasible to spend the money that way, said Bill Rohde, School Board president."
Or maybe it will be able to stay. Here's another more recent report from Pnninsula Daily News:
"School officials still hope that something can be done to save the facade at Forks High School as a freestanding monument on the redeveloped campus.
According to the conditional use permit granted to the Quillayute Valley School District by the city last summer, the district must hold a public hearing and give the community 45 days in which to find alternate funding to pay for reinforcing the brick facade.
Reinforcement and renovation would be required for the facade to remain as a stand-alone structure as a memory of the 1925 portion of the school, which figures descriptively in the Twilight saga of novels.
A date has not been set for the public hearing.
The board voted Friday night that the facade would be too expensive to pay for out of the bond issue passed by voters last February."
For the facade's sake, we'll keep our fingers crossed.