Somerville Museum awarded $85,000

On May 8, 2013, in Latest News, by The News Staff

The new entryway will be a welcome addition to the Somerville Museum.

The new entryway will be a welcome addition to the Somerville Museum.

The Wallace Foundation has awarded the Somerville Museum $85,000 in matching funds to support construction of a new handicapped-accessible entrance and first floor restroom.

These renovations along with a multitude of other changes necessary to make the 1930s building friendly to the disabled will allow the Museum to meet the regulations of the American with Disabilities Act.

The new entryway design will include a wheelchair lift and portico, and has been approved by the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals, as well as the neighbors on Westwood Road. The entire project cost is estimated as close to $200,000 and the goal is to have the Museum ADA compliant by the end of the year.

The Somerville Museum is an all volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the arts, history and culture of Somerville and receives no municipal support.  Those who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to this cause may make a check out to “SMBF” (Somerville Museum Building Fund) and send it to the Somerville Museum at One Westwood Road, Somerville, MA 02143.  It is also possible to contribute online by going to http://www.somervillemuseumbuildingfund.org.

 

 

3 Responses to “Somerville Museum awarded $85,000”

  1. Barry the Pig says:

    Oh dear… Nobody visits that place anyway handicapped or not…

  2. Anne says:

    It’s nice that they are finally making this museum accessible. They have refused to do it for years until they were forced to. But why build an expensive wheelchair lift, when a ramp should have been sufficient?

  3. Barry the Pig says:

    $85,000 could have been spent in a much more meaningful way!

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