WHSM board and community members witness the backhoe jaws devour and remove the crumbling front portion of the middle section of the museum. The portion that had been a painting studio for artist John Mulcahy for ages was taken down and removed. Mulcahy passed away 6 years ago this month, his paintings and personal energy are missed here in Wellfleet. The new open space and soon to be restored facade of the Historical Society remind us of days gone by.
We are very excited about the renovation project getting underway. The community witnessed the demolition of the former Mulcahy studio and the extended rear portion of the building. This will make new space for events in the back yard and the new facade and gardens and pathways at the front of the newly redefined building.
With the help of a noted historical architect, WHSM has developed a three-phase plan to implement our vision our vision of a integrated building with new exhibition space and facilities.
The original antique store museum at 266 Main St. (our home since 1951), 258 Main St. and 262 Main St (acquired in 2015) will be integrated into one structure housing galleries, exhibit space, research facilities and archival storage.
Phase I, on track to begin in the summer of 2018, will involve removal of the additions in the front and back and restoration of the Main Street façade.
Phase II will include the integration of the three structures, the restoration of the building interior, a new main entrance and reception area, the creation of new galleries and exhibition spaces and the provision of handicap access.
Phase III will involve the creation of a new multi-purpose space for meetings, concerts, lectures, and special exhibits
Landscaping, including restoration of the period garden, will enhance both the front and back of the building, as well as provide access to the Town Hall and handicap parking.