Renovation Update – Heavy Lies the Crown

By Jenny Nehrt, Student Assistant                                                                          Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown, and well, we all know the rest. Luckily, Special Collection’s crown molding is repaired!

Here’s the before:








And the after:








After tearing down the old lighting fixtures and installing the air ducts, the rotten bit of crown molding was removed and replaced with a new, perfect copy. It will be painted later along with the rest of the room and it will look as good as new!



The large windows will be a huge asset to researchers as they let in plenty of natural light, which can be quite helpful when reading the small, handwritten print of some of our collections. They will look much the same by the end of the renovation, staying true to the building’s original architectural design.




And we can’t forget that this would be impossible without the hard work of the renovators! They have finished taping up the drywall and soon we’ll start to see major changes. Check back later for more updates!







About Mark Peterson

Rare Books and Research Services Librarian at James Madison University Libraries.

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