I shrugged and said, “Do you really think there’s a buyer out there. The roof has caved in. The structure could come crashing down at any minute.” They both smiled at me.
“We’re going to exercise that option. The Zinszer Building is going to become our firm’s new office,” Sam said. “Now, do you see that we have cause to celebrate?”
Sixteen months later, people crowded into the lobby of the renovated Zinszer Building. The sun streamed in from the skylight in the three-story atrium. A portable stage had been erected for the mayor, city council members, and other dignitaries. Mr. Haskell, Mr. Beard and Mr Yeilding stood proudly on one side. Ferd was the emcee since Bill was out of town. Mike Dobbins’ boss was making small talk with Marjorie White. Steve Spencer and his father had stepped onto the crowded stage.
Mike Dobbins leaned over, chuckled, and said, “It’s time to congratulate all the people who did nothing or opposed the project.” I smiled and nodded.
The Zinzser Building has served Sam and Alton’s firm, Spain and Gillon, for 25 years. Renovation of the Denechaud House for a top floor apartment for the owners who practice law on the lower floor is nearing completion.
Coretti Catering has restored the Florentine Club to its original appearance when it was built in 1929 by the owners of the City Federal Building. The exterior marble and terra cotta has been stabilized and the second floor is a grand venue for weddings and parties. An Italian Restaurant is planned for the first floor.