It has been a long time coming!
This week our Directors met with a donor who is willing to help renovate the 1887 Hassebroek Grocery Store into a new home for the museum. The current museum will become an annex museum and house all the geological items.
The 1887 building has lots of character and it needs lots of work. Yet, we are taking on this challenge of turning it into a usable building.
The tin is surrounding a wall that was built as a meat storage room in (according to the concrete steps date) 1967. This room will be demolisihed.
The little house on top is an elevator shaft and it will come down or be secured for Phase II. At this time we do not know which Phase it will come down in. The crew will decide that once they get started in the next few weeks.
Also in Phase I, a handicap ramp will be installed on the back side of the current museum. We are excited about that as disabled and elderly patrons can now enter the museum.
Phase II will be a new roof. The elevator shaft is sitting on part of the roof and some of the roof has collapsed into the building.
Phase III will be inside the building.
Why are we renovating instead of tearing it down?
We thought about tearing it down. The building to the south is using the building’s north wall and if the building came down, it is possible that wall would weaken and there was a potential danger of all the buildings attached to have problems.
Another reason to renovate the building, is its age of 127 years old. The structural walls are made from native Kansas limestone and an engineer looked at those and reported they were sound.
As a museum that preserves history, how could the Directors and Board of Directors tear this building down?
Yes, if a donor did not step forward, the building probably would have been torn down.
Thank goodness for donors who care about our Heritage and the history of the community and surrounding area.
Stay tuned for additional photos and news updates as the work on the building progresses.