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Maritime Museum Board approves building design

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The proposed design of the new Deltaville Maritime Museum building models its “look” on the well-known Middlesex icon and historic building, the Stingray Point Hotel (later the Old Red Barn). The new museum will boast large open areas and a center open 25 feet to a vaulted ceiling. The model is shown in a color scheme compatible with its Stingray Point Hotel era. The stick figure is scaled to 6-feet high for perspective.

The wait is over!

The Board of Directors of Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park approved location, design and size of the new Maritime Museum building and events pavilions at its monthly meeting on November 12.

The presentation to the board was made by re-building and planning committee chair Bill Powell and represented more than three months of work by members of the committee. The committee will now begin costing the projects. Estimated costs of the buildings must be approved by the board and may affect some design details and dimensions.

The location of the new museum will be forward (west) of the original museum building and out of the “loop” drive area. This will allow more room for events, the waterfront park area, and boat shop activities.

The new museum will be approximately 5,000 square feet, compared to the original 2,743 square feet.

The new museum location is marked by stakes with red flags and can be viewed to the left of the driveway as one comes in the entrance drive.

The new museum building is designed to recreate the look and feel of an iconic Deltaville historic building, the Stingray Point Hotel, later known as the Old Red Barn.

“The Stingray Point Hotel is a local image known by almost everybody who has been in Deltaville for a while,” said museum official Bob Walker. “While it was in business, most folks have either stayed or played there. Even those who weren’t here before it was torn down have seen one of the many paintings and photographs of this memorable building. We felt it was important that our new museum design represent an image that everybody in the community could relate to.”

Walker, a member of the museum board and planning committee, built both the model whose concept was immediately approved by the committee, and the modified version for presentation to the board.

“We had been kicking around several different designs for a couple of months, everyone had their oar in, but when Bob brought in the ‘Stingray’ model, everyone went ‘Wow, that’s it!’ The vote was unanimous,” said Powell. “It was a watershed meeting.”

Although faithful to the Stingray design on the outside, the inside of the museum area will be totally open with 10-foot high ceilings left and right, and a 25-foot high central section with a vaulted ceiling. This will allow for dramatic hanging exhibits and large, tall displays such as skipjacks and log canoes.

The museum board also agreed the museum and pavilion roofs would both be metal and of the same color.

Models of the museum and pavilions will be available for viewing during the daytime in the Tea House located in the Waterfront Park at the museum.

The board also approved the location, size and design of the new pavilions. Watch next week’s Sentinel for details.

Overseeing the projects will be: overall construction supervisor, Bill Powell; museum construction supervisor, Kyle Jenkins; pavilion construction supervisor, Chuck McGhinnis; and landscape designer, Becky Ferrell.

“Now begins the long road bringing back the museum and events pavilions ready for the public,” said Powell. “Businesses and individuals have already begun coming forward to help with donations of time, materials and services. Without these community members support, the full completion of the buildings would not be possible.”

All those interested in helping in any way should call David Moran at the museum office (776-7200).

Moran is acting as the central clearing house for volunteers and donations for the building projects.

posted 11.28.2012

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