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PHOTO GALLERY: Inside the former GWIZ building

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 |

The worn-out sign at the entrance of the property is one of the first signals that the building is suffering from a lack of maintenance.

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Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 |

The former hours of operation remain posted at the entrance to the building.

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The Fab Lab opened in 2011, one of the final additions to the GWIZ building before the museum closed.

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The Fab Lab is now used as storage space for city property.

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Although some of the property has been moved into storage here, other items have remained at GWIZ all along.

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Former administrative space on the second floor is one of the starker areas of the building. A fax machine remains because the elevators have been shut off.

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The EcoZone, which housed exhibits on house and lizards, is one of the more well-preserved sections of the museum.

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GWIZ sold most of its property at auction, but some pieces went unclaimed and have been left behind.

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For the most part, however, the former exhibition space is barren.

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Another item left behind on the second floor still bears an auction tag.

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At this point, the walls are the most consistent signifier of the building's former tenant.

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Science-related murals remain painted throughout the building.

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The walls bear smaller details in some areas, and large-scale paintings elsewhere.

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The classroom space in the building, though mostly empty, is another one of the more well-preserved areas.

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A former theater space can only be lit with a lamp brought into the building after GWIZ vacated the premises.

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The main lobby still bears the vibrant colors that make the building stand out as a former children's museum.

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Photos hang on the walls in the building's glass atrium.

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 |

Photos hang on the walls in the building's glass atrium.

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Leaks in the glass roof in the atrium are one of the biggest challenges the building is facing, city staff says.

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