Renovation update – Craftsmanship in action

By Cara Lundgren, Student Assistant

To the windows! To the walls! Special collections’ windows are finally more than holes in the walls! Our local woodworking experts, Jim and Louis, have expertly crafted window insets to mirror the way the original interior windows look. To do this, they chose the appropriate wood and melded together various pieces so that the new wooden pieces would like just like the older ones. Here, they are sawing the molding down to size.

Louis is on the left. Jim is on the right.

Louis and Jim did some of the most challenging work of the project, and carried it off quite well. Their time as woodworkers and builders paid off well for us! IMG_2249

The interior windows, between the Special Collections office and the Reading Room, will be highly visible so close attention was paid on making sure the woodwork aligned closely with the larger windows.

Along with the window woodworking, all of the older bookshelves have been returned to their proper place.

If you looked closely, you would also notice the walls are a cool shade of grey. IMG_2254

This grey becomes a shade or two darker on the trim, and then dramatically darkens on the ceiling, as noted last week.

With the window insets completed, the work this week has been fast-paced! In the next blog post, you’ll be able to see how all of the hard work is coming closer to being successfully completed! As always, you may find us in our temporary location of Room 220, and open Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 5 pm.


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