Saturday, March 30, 2013
Crews working inside Marblehead's Old Town House have made some interesting finds.
One of the benefits of renovating the interior of a building that was built in 1727 is that you never know what you're going to find. Crews working to install a handicapped-accessible elevator in Marblehead's Old Town House recently uncovered what may be the building's original flooring, Marblehead Museum and Historical Society Executive Director Pam Peterson said. The more than 200-year-old floor boards, she said, were discovered by a contractor while peeling back the layers earlier this month. "It certainly looks old enough, and it absolutely could be the original flooring from 1727," Peterson said. And while the wood won't be sent away for carbon-dating, Peterson said local historians will be able to compare the wood with other local …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
A project aimed at making the Old Town House universally accessible was approved at Town Meeting.
A project aimed at making Marblehead's Old Town House universally accessible, which was defeated in last year's Special Town Election, was overwhelmingly supported by local residents at Town Meeting Tuesday night. The $675,000 project, which calls for the installation of a three-story elevator and two handicapped bathrooms, was unanimously endorsed by the town's Board of Selectmen and passed by a margin of 456 to 30. Among those endorsing the project Tuesday night was selectman Judie Jacobi, who said it was a shame that the Old Town House couldn't be used for local meetings, debates and gatherings. "We could hold political debates in the same room where Elbridge Gerry and Gen. John Glover debated independence and where events were held …
Monday, April 23, 2012
You tell us - should an elevator and handicapped bathrooms be installed in the Old Town House?
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Monday, April 23, 2012
A proposed project aimed at making Marblehead's Old Town House universally accessible, which was shot down in last year's Special Town Election, will be revisited at Town Meeting next month. The $667,000 project, which calls for the installation of a three-story elevator and two handicapped bathrooms, was the only question voted down in last year's election. It was defeated 3,567 to 2,530. The Old Town House dates back to before the American Revolution and is not currently handicapped accessible, meaning it cannot be used for public meetings or as a polling location, as it had been for more than two centuries. At last year's Town Meeting, residents were shown a brief PowerPoint presentation detailing plans to make the building accessible …