Look here for all things related to the Shute Renovation – and slight addition – Project. Keep up with our progress in the field & fundraising for furnishings and technology.
Shute will celebrate 2015 by Re-opening after more than a year of renovations. Though it took longer than expected, it will be worth the wait. Since major upgrades only happen rarely, this one will set the stage for several generations to come. 2015 will also be remembered for record snowfall – beginning in late this month, but primarily in February. Aside from snowing out our opening ceremony, the storms have delayed the final work on the building and deliveries. So, stay tuned for an opening announcement. Check out our January photos for a preview.
Celebrate the Re-Opening of the Shute scheduled for Saturday, February 7 has been postponed due to the extraordinary weather conditions on the ground and expected this weekend. Stay tuned for announcements about the re-opening.
Wow, December has come and gone and while everyone was celebrating the holidays…the Shute work kept on. The contractor nearly finished up on the details of the building, furniture began to arrive, the books were moved back, and we prepared to connect our computers. It was an exciting day when the Jersey barriers disappeared and Gledhill was cleared for traffic once again. We are very appreciative of the patience of our neighbors for putting up with that inconvenience for so long. Thank you all….We hope you will think it was all worth it. So, here follows December….
I have been asked for an update – So good to know that someone out there is reading this blog. We have been so busy with furnishings and moving and electronics that there has been no time to write. Here, by popular demand, is November. With the cold coming on, there was a push to finish as much outdoor work as possible. Who knew what our December will be like? Meanwhile, inside finish carpentry work went on. Despite lots of sawdust, it was great to see so much accomplished. A picture is worth a thousand words so here goes…
October was a month of transition – from the construction of the structure to working on the surfaces – paint, wood restoration, lighting and more. The “hardscape” – the cement walkways, planters and structures for the flagpole, bike rack and bookdrop – was substantially completed and made ready for plantings. Inside, rooms were painted and the restoration of the wood began to reveal the beautiful architecture of the historic part of the building. It’s not quite all together — can’t wait until November!
At the Shute, work continued at the construction site – inside and out. Off-site some pieces of our vintage furniture – tables and a magazine rack – were being re-finished to very pleasing results. We hope you will see the aesthetics of the job that are beginning to emerge and that you won’t see the hvac, electrical and plumbing work that support the building.
Progress is really ramping up – many of the walls got a coat of texture and painting began. The big north window is framed out and waiting for panes. The surround for the bike rack and the book drop are going up. Finally, we found a dedication stone – It was hidden behind a railing and came to light when the brick walls were cleaned.
Interesting progress was made by the end of August. The long anticipated installation of the large window on the new addition began. From it will look like traditional window panes – but what panes they are. Since we will not again see the large expanse created for the window, it called for a few photos. Construction of areas for a book drop and a bike rack were started and interior walls were spray “painted” for a textured appearance throughout the building. Behind the scenes, we are working on furnishing the interior – selecting finishes and fabrics, ordering new items and refinishing some of our vintage pieces. Come back in September when progress will speed up even more!
The Renovation made steady progress throughout July in infrastructure and underpinning. It will soon look like a building again. You will notice as you drive by that there are are fewer pieces of heavy equipment around. Our “progress,” which we have been talking about for months, should soon be more visible from the street and on the blog. A little more patience should be well rewarded.
It was hiding under a piece of plywood above the old front door. Why the entrance was so drastically altered is a lost memory. Thankfully, construction crews uncovered it with care. It’s damaged but repairable. What a beautiful piece of art was right under our noses but unknown for all those years. Let’s bring it back to the light.