This cavernous building was once an important landmark,
one full of fanfare, competition, and celebration.
It’s a building from a different era,
not only in its vintage look, but also in its spirit.
Berkeley Iceland was an Olympic-sized ice rink
in Berkeley, California.
It is a unique place, both in size and location,
sitting in the middle of a quaint residential
neighborhood, making it a staple to both the local community
and a national audience.
It opened its doors in 1940 and instantly became
an important destination.
It was a three-time host of the US National Figure Skating
Championships, it was the practice facility for the 1994
USA men’s Olympic hockey team, and it was also home
to numerous skating clubs, birthday parties,
and teenage date nights.
But now, all that is gone.
Only memories are left.
Memories that may not be replicated,
because places like this just aren’t built it anymore.
Empty lots are no longer replaced with drive-ins,
roller rinks, or arcades.
These staples of different eras are not reemerging.
They aren’t showing up in new developments or neighborhoods.
No longer will we see an entire city block
dedicated to ice skating.
取而代之的是 我们建造了更加实用 更加现代化的建筑
Instead we’ve made room for the more practical or more modern.
These walls heard the voices of Olympians talking about gold.
This sign glowed invitingly to an entire community.
This is where people might have met their future husbands
Today it survives as a testament to nostalgia,
a reminder of that place where you grew up
that may have shaped your life in some small way.
Berkeley Iceland is a fading memory, but one with a happy
我们来到伯克利冰岛之后 这里就变成了一个零售店 但它新的主人依然信奉它的历史 并且继承了它的精神传统
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These walls were never meant for family photos.
This is an abandoned town that was built to be abandoned,
except for a few days every year when it’s a literal war zone.
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