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And Digging Begins…

Greetings from the future home of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum!

If you haven’t driven by the Marine Hospital lately, you may not have noticed the official start of construction. Given that the site is currently off limits to the general public, we promised to keep our members, donors, and friends as well as the entire Island up to date on the progress of the project. We’ll update this blog regularly as we hit more milestones, but today, we’re celebrating a big one!

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Today, our friends at Keene Excavation began digging for what will become the Fresnel Lens Pavilion, the addition to the 1895 historic Marine Hospital. The pavilion will feature the 1854 original lens from the Gay Head Lighthouse and will include exhibits on lighthouses, the science of light, and shipwrecks. It will contain a small cafe where visitors can enjoy a sandwich or salad. The lower pavilion also leads families into the Hands-On History space, an interactive “do-touch” area. We’ll have a new exterior web cam set up soon where you can watch the construction of the pavilion along with renovation and restoration of the original 1895 building. Stay tuned to a future blog post IMG_0711for the link.

What else has been going on on site? Consigli Construction, our general contractors for the project, began work in October. The majority of work thus far has been repairing minor rot and structural work inside the 1895 building and removing exterior siding. This summer we completed hazardous material abatement and select demolition and prepared the site for construction. Want to see the 1938 addition come down? See it in a quick 4 minutes and 17 seconds here.

What’s next?

We’ll be taking you inside the building to show you some of the interior work done on the 1895 building in the next blog post. We’ll also be sharing some of the treasures found in the building thus far. Finally, we’ll be checking in with the Building Trades program at MV Regional High School to learn about the students’ plans for some of the historic wooden beams salvaged from the site that they’ll be re-purposing for our use.

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