“The building is a little long in the tooth right now and it needs a little care to get its back on its feet,” said Allstadt, who was also the chairman of Friends of 22 Main St. before becoming a trustee.
Allstadt estimated that the oval-shaped section of plaster that dropped was about eight feet long and several feet wide.
Located on the floor immediately above the reading room is a ballroom that is used for classes by the Art Association. Officials said there was no indication that activity in that room would have caused the plaster — which had been held in place by wooden lath — to give way
The adult reading room is located off the main floor of the building. The plaster that fell was near the fire place, on the east side of the storied neo-classical structure, which was commissioned by Elizabeth Scriven Clark in 1898 as a YMCA.
Her son, Robert Sterling Clark, gave the building to the village in 1932. The structure, according to Allstadt, was the original home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, now located across the street.
The basement of the building houses village departments such as the police department and the clerk’s office. Those agencies were not impacted by the incident.
According to the web site www.plasterzone.com, plaster problems are typically caused by either water or settling or movement of a building.