Just last month alone, the Steinway Piano Gallery at 120 S. Washington St. experienced two car crashes on separate occasions. Currently, the Hinsdale village officials are thinking if anything can be done to prevent such accidents from occurring in future. On Monday, the Zoning and Public Safety committee came together to discuss whether planters or any other barriers could be added to keep cars from jumping the curb and hitting the building.
“I’m at a loss to tell you why it’s occurring. It always appears to be driver’s error where they think they’re hitting the brake but they hit the accelerator,” stated Hinsdale Police Chief Brad Bloom. The first accident took place on February 21st when a man parking his car in the angled spaces somehow jumped the curb and struck the building. Thankfully, the incident only caused a couple of bricks to fall. The second incident took place just two days later on February 23rd. This time more damage was caused in addition to the couple of brinks that had already fallen. It was quite a similar scenario with a driver trying to park his car. However, he went over the curb and ended up crashing through the front doors of the piano gallery.
“We heard a loud crash, and the doors were broken through and there was glass everywhere,” said the sales manager, Diane Duncan. She was present in both of the incidents. In fact, she was in the midst of serving a customer when the second one took place. Diane also mentioned that the car in the second incident simply barreled through and if it were to continue for another foot, at least one of the pianos would have been struck. She was relief that nobody got injured, be it in the gallery or outside. At the same time, none of the pianos were damaged. These pianos are valued between $5,000 and $1 million, but are generally in the $40,000 to $50,000 range.
According to Diane, the piano gallery is one of eight galleries nationwide that is factory and corporately owned. This one holds approximately 40 pianos. Most of the pianos are Steinways, which are hand-crafted and take up to a year to build. The shop also carry in Essex and Boston brands, both of which are designed by Steinway, but are not hand-crafted. To learn more about the story, you can read it here.