The scaffolding is up and wrapped, allowing the mortar repair and brick cleaning to proceed even if it rains—and, more importantly, the wrapping will protect the building from any additional damage from water infiltration.
The site has been cleared—and with thanks to the Sag Harbor Tree Fund the grand tri-color beech has been relocated to Mashahshimuet Park, where it will be able to grow to its full fifty-foot height and spread. All other commemorative trees are being stored and cared for at 425 Main Street during construction. They will be returned to the library after construction as part of the new low-maintenance design comprised of native and bear-native plants.
And while all this is going on, we are also preparing the interior of the building —all of the commemorative plaques have been wrapped and stored, fittings removed, chandeliers and wall sconces wrapped and ready for rewiring, and lower level bookcases donated to Habitat for Humanity where they will be used in homes across the island. We’ve cataloged every window, erected scaffolding in the rotunda of the building to facilitate the removal and re-leading of the stained-glass laylight, and the historic Hope and Byram clocks have taken a sabbatical for repairs. Both these beauties were handcrafted in Sag Harbor. They will be returned to us at project’s completion, with all their weights and chimes and hidden hinges balanced, ready to mark time for another hundred years.
I like to think of the clocks ticking away in the library’s new addition, acting as a reminder of all the history we build upon as we move forward, and a reminder, trite though it is, that without the past the future would be dicey. The clocks will stand as a symbol of all those who’ve helped this library find its way, from local clockmakers, to landscapers to community organizations, to past board members and patrons—and you.
— Catherine Creedon
Earlier updates that previously appeared on this page can be read by clicking the “Update Archive” link below.
More Renovation and Expansion Information:
- Final Exterior Renderings
- Draft Environmental Impact Statement – 7/8/2010
- Updated Architect’s Renderings – 4/8/2010
- Updated Floor Plans – 4/8/2010
- Proposed Floor Plans – 5/6/09
- Architects Rendering of Proposed Addition – 5/6/09
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Update Archive