Draining the color is justified this time by the atmosphere of decay and lifelessness in this building. It was designed by Julia Morgan, who also designed Hearst Castle down the coast. Like all big buildings meant for large numbers, it never feels empty. Instead, when nobody is there, there is a dense crowd of nonpeople, like a Dirac sea of people suddenly drained. The long hallways will look carnivorous, the peeling, dirty paint take on a melancholy shady and reflect the words not spoken and the unheard laughter back onto the visitor.
Or so I say.