Work at the new home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame has resumed following a brief hiatus.
With final approvals received from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the NWHF has awarded a contract to Waterloo-based Raymond E. Kelley Co. to replace more than 100 windows and repair exterior limestone.
CJS Architects of Rochester has designed the new phase of work and will begin design and development work for the overall site, including plans to occupy the first floor in 2017.
“We are delighted to begin construction work again on the mill site, the future home of the Hall in the Center for Great Women,” said Jeanne Giovannini, president of the NWHF board. “Significant behind-the-scenes work took place in 2015 and early 2016. I applaud the collaborative team effort that enabled us to reach this point.”
Earlier, the building that once housed the Seneca Knitting Mill was stabilized, asbestos was abated and a new roof was installed.
Funding for the window and limestone work came from donations that enabled the NWHF to use matching grants from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the New York State Canal Corp., the Rochester Area Community Foundation and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
The NWHF was established at 76 Fall St. in 1969. A total of 266 American women have been inducted for achievements in a variety of fields.
Seneca Falls is the Birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement.
Original article can be found at the Finger Lake Times.