Roof collapses at Palace BarA roof collapse has shuttered a Superior bar, and the building’s future is uncertain.
A roof collapse has shuttered a Superior bar, and the building’s future is uncertain.
The roof of the Palace Bar, 1108 Tower Ave., collapsed Monday morning, according to Dan Curran, the city’s chief building inspector. Luckily, no one was in the building at the time.
“There’s no way anybody would have made it out of there alive,” Curran said.
While there were no injuries reported, the south half of the bar roof fell in and rainwater poured in. Curran said there was extensive water damage to the interior and the electrical system was flooded. Power to the building has been cut and city signs at the door declare the site uninhabitable.
Curran said this spring’s heavy snows may have compromised the building’s roof, which then collapsed under the weight of accumulated rainwater from Sunday’s storm. The roof drain may also have been plugged at the time, according to the chief building inspector.
Bar owner Kenneth Peters has three options, Curran said. He can rebuild, sell the site or demolish it. Because the exterior of the building is intact and presents no danger to the public, Peters will have time to decide which course to take.
“I would be willing to give him some time,” Curran said. Some badly damaged buildings, including the Moose Lodge 606 in Superior which was damaged in a 2010 fire, have been gutted and rebuilt.
Calls to the bar and a number listed to Kenneth Peters rang repeatedly with no answer.
Curran said Superior has some of the oldest building stock in the nation. The Palace Bar, built in 1912, just turned 100. Owners should be aware of their building’s vintage and have them inspected periodically, Curran said. Flat roofs, in particular, are susceptible to damage from the weight of snow and water. And this spring’s storms dropped plenty of heavy snow on the area.