It is a bit strange that one of my favorite buildings in downtown Sacramento has the unflattering nickname of “the ugly green building”. Built in 1965 for $15M to house the offices of CalPERS (the state’s public employee retirement system), the building is now called the Resources Building and house various state agencies – Fish & Wildlife, Water Resources, Forestry & Fire Protection, and the State Parks and Recreation. Unfortunately, the state itself has labeled the crumbling building the worst state office building in Sacramento, requiring somewhere in the neighborhood of $155M for repairs such as asbestos and lead paint removal and seismic bracing. Apparently the windows haven’t been washed in 10 years as the crane system to lower window washers has been broken and not repaired.
The reason I like this building is the, wait for it, retro futuristic feel. A monolith of green on two ends amongst a growing legion of glassy high rises.
The dirty, foggy windows mentioned above: Sacramento (CA), Office Tower, Patterns, Shadowed
Shooting Notes: Photography is powerful, especially for me as the photographer. I can associate the details of this particular shoot with just this image. We had wandered around the downtown area as part of my effort to photograph utility boxes covered with art. I led us to a rooftop garden/park across the street from the Resources Building for two reasons. One to take photographs of the building, but secondly to enjoy the garden/park. Yet due to the continuing drought in California, the park’s grass was allowed to die to conserve water and most of the remaining plants were in a state of dying. At least we could see what the park once was and there were still other buildings and compositions to enjoy and shoot.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 45mm, f/8, 1/100 sec
Sacramento (CA), Green Slate Building, Blue Skies. Downtown Sacramento, CA. August 21, 2014. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.