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Boathouse Roof Restoration Completed
The restoration of the "boathouse" roof in Lafayette Park was completed in June. This structure, which is near the middle of the park, was originally built in 1908 as a shelter and comfort station, but has come to be called the "boathouse" because of its proximity to the large central lake.
A new roof structure built according the the original 1908 plans, but updated with better construction practices, will soon be in place. It will restore the original look of this historic structure, with Spanish clay tiles as the weather layer and decoratively scalloped rafter ends. Also included will be state of the art insulation, so that the vaulted interior ceiling can return to its original look.
This roof project is only the first of several improvements for the 2,000 square foot boathouse, but perhaps the most important because it will make the structure weathertight. Still to come are improvements to the bathrooms and heating system, interior decoration and lighting, and restoration of the handsome multi-pane and porthole windows.
Those follow-on projects will make the boathouse much more attractive to those who would like to use it to host meetings, parties and other events.
Fundraising and design for this $170,000 roof project was coordinated through the Lafayette Park Conservancy, and comprises about two thirds private and one third public funding. Construction is being performed by Raineri and overseen by the Board of Public Service. Read more
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