Thrown brick causes additional damage to Atascadero Rotunda Building

Vandals threw bricks and shattered glass at Atascadero's prized Rotunda Building, officials said Tuesday.

Administrators said someone in the past few days threw the brick over the fence that surrounds the domed building, which has been closed to the public since it was damaged in the San Simeon Earthquake in 2003.

The brick broke a glass entry door and a window at the front of the building. The cost of the damage was minimal, officials said, and plywood sheets will be used to cover the door and window.

The historic building housed the Atascadero City Hall until the earthquake struck. City government now operates out of a converted bowling alley near Highways 41 and 101.

"It's very disheartening," city Finance Director Rachelle Rickard said in a news release Tuesday. "To see this kind of activity right now when we've been trying to protect this building for so long is a real disappointment."

Anyone with information on the alleged vandalism is encouraged to call the Atascadero Police Department.

‹ Stephen Curran