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Check out this video of the Carriage House move as part of the Gore Place project in Waltham, MA.
Plans to renovate the Stockbridge Library are moving ahead now that Allegrone Construction Co. of Pittsfield has been awarded a $2.5 million contract for the project. (Ben Garver — The Berkshire Eagle)
The first major renovation of the historic Stockbridge Library, Museum and Archives since 1937 is moving ahead, now that Allegrone Construction Co. of Pittsfield has been awarded the $2.5 million contract for the project.
"Work is officially under way," said library director Katie O'Neil. A capital campaign for the massive reconstruction has raised more than half of its $3.2 million goal, she told The Eagle.
The library, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in August, is awaiting a decision from the state on its application for historic renovation tax credits, which could yield as much as $500,000 for qualified restoration expenses. The private fundraising campaign was led by a $250,000 gift from the Jack and Jane Fitzpatrick Trust.
Allegrone, with a long history of historic site renovations such as the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, was awarded the contract as the low bidder for the project, which was designed by Centerline Architects & Planners of Bennington, Vt.
Read the full article by the Berkshire Eagle here.
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Allegrone continues on the stairs leading from the Empire State Plaza to the New York State Museum.
Workers are conducting maintenance on the State Museum grand staircase as part of a large-scale program this season in the Empire State Plaza area.
Other projects include elevator rehabilitation in the Corning Tower and escalator replacement in the Capitol.
The staircase work is required after maintenance was put off for many years, resulting in leaks and water damage.
Specific tasks include removing all of the granite steps from the grand staircase, storing them onsite, and then replacing all of the waterproofing membrane, flashings, and drainage systems within the grand staircase.
The granite steps will then be reset when the new waterproofing measures are complete.
Work also includes removing all exterior marble panels and replacing all the flashings.
The marble panels will then be reset and re-caulked.
Repairs will also be made to the masonry textured ceiling under the grand staircase over Madison Avenue.
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LENOX -- From the outside, the rather nondescript commercial building at 27 Housatonic St. looks like it has seen better days.
It's one of the town's historically significant sites, built in 1791 on Main Street to house the Berkshire County Courthouse after Lenox became a shire town and the new county seat, formerly in Sheffield and Great Barrington.
In 1815, as the much larger Greek Revival courthouse was completed (home to the Lenox Library starting in 1876), the old site became the Town House, used as the post office and for local government.
In 1903, the building was removed from its foundation and moved by horse and wagon to its present location following the opening of the new Town Hall next door.
Now among the three oldest buildings still standing in the historic downtown village, it is owned by real estate entrepreneur Steve Oakes, who's embarking on a major rehabilitation project this fall to shore it up, saving it from further sagging of the facade, while giving it a look more in keeping with its deep roots in the town's early history.
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Christopher and Rebecca Gore married in 1785. An up-and-coming Boston couple, they bought their first piece of land in Waltham and in 1793 built a wooden mansion along with a large carriage house. Six years later, the mansion burned to the ground. Nearly 220 years later, the Carriage House still stands, but is on the move.
The 40-by-70-foot, two-story Carriage House sat in the northwest corner of the 45-acre parcel of land at 52 Gore St., known as Gore Place. But this week, construction crews were picking it up and moving it about 350 feet south.
"We wanted to move it to a more historically accurate location," said director of public programs Thom Roach, adding that there is currently an issue of spring drainage in the basement, which is something "people in New England will understand."
Until the late 1960s, the House stood in the southwest section of the grounds, but the city moved it so Gore Street could be widened to accommodate the high volume of cars coming from and going to Raytheon.
The House, because of the street, cannot be returned to its previous location, but Roach said they’ve shot to get it as close as possible and already laid the new foundation.
Starting Monday, construction crews were working to lift the building up onto long steel beams using large hydraulic jacks. Nate Newton, assistant project manager with Pittsfield-based Allegrone Construction, said Tuesday that extensive planning went into the move.
After the steel beams are placed beneath the building and its weight is equally distributed across the support, Newton says the jacks slowly lift the building up, which is then supported by "shoring towers."
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