Somerville Museum awarded $40,000 for ADA

On July 2, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

museumLook out for a new attractive, handicapped accessible entrance to the Somerville Museum this fall. The Massachusetts Cultural Facility Fund (MCFF) has awarded the Museum $40,000 toward a $200,000 renovation project to bring the building up to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

With this award and earlier awards and donations of over $90,000, the museum will begin work on construction of the new Westwood Road entrance this July. Marco Breda of Marco Polo Construction, a highly recommended contractor and Somerville resident is working with Richard Graf, the museum’s architect to undertake the work.

The museum still needs to raise another $75,000 to complete the interior ADA improvements, including creation of a handicapped accessible restroom. The goal is to have the museum completely ADA compliant by the end of 2014.

The museum wishes to acknowledge financial assistance from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, the Wallace Foundation, Somerville Open Studios, Tufts University and private individuals whose contributions are making this project possible.

If you would like to contribute to finishing the interior ADA work of the museum, you may do so online at or you may write a check out to the Somerville Museum Building Fund and send it to: Dyan Blewett, Treasurer, Somerville Museum, One Westwood Rd, Somerville, MA 02143. All donations are tax-deductible as charitable contributions to a 501c3 organization.


3 Responses to “Somerville Museum awarded $40,000 for ADA”

  1. Jack the Destroyer says:

    40K out of 200K for a handicapped ramp? Jeebus. Here is how I would do the calculation: % of people with mobility problems in the population that would require a ramp = % of funds that go towards building ramp. What percentage of the population needs a ramp?

  2. good news says:

    good to hear this, and good to know the Somerville Open Studios has been part of it. They are the only Arts Council event that I see clearly marking which sites are accessible. It will be great to be able to go to the Museum.

  3. where to begin? says:

    Jack, your ignorance and arrogance are embarrassing. You would be surprised at the number of people needing a ramp. You don’t see them around as so much of our city isn’t accessible. Also a quality of life issue where the $ is justified. Unless you want to be the one at the door turning away one child on a school field trip? Nice. Recent school project on display there, and I know one parent who couldn’t go. Nice.
    Important to note, also, the Museum isn’t doing this out of any concern for disability. They’re doing it as a requirement to get more funding for the projects they CARE about.

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