We present high angular resolution (~0.1"-0.4") Very Large Array observations at 2 and 6 cm made in 1983, 1986, and 1995 toward the ultracompact bipolar H II region NGC 7538 IRS 1. We find, at both wavelengths, clear evidence of a decrease in the emission from the lobes. This decrease, of the order of 20%-30%, has not been observed previously in any ultracompact H II region. Most likely, it is due to recombination of the ionized gas in the lobes as a result of a decrease in the available ionizing photon flux. It is unclear if this decrease in the ionizing photon flux is due to an intrinsic change in the exciting star or to increased absorption of ionizing photons in the optically thick core of the nebula.