Monday, January 23, 2012
Library staff says access to public and regular services shouldn't be affected during construction over two months, although there may be temporary periods of limited access in certain entrances, stairwells and elevator.
It's been just over a year since the damage was first done, but work will finally begin this week to make permanent structural repairs to the roof at the Main Branch of the Peabody Institute Library. As snow and ice piled up on top of many buildings and homes last winter -- Peabody and surrounding communities got hit with about 80 inches from numerous blizzards and storms on each other's heels -- the accumulation of snow and ice on the library roof, combined with severe wind gusts, cracked one of the old trusses, damaged several others and left another crack in the roof. The work now will repair and reinforce some of those original trusses, which were damaged on Jan. 13, 2011. The city had contractors, who were already on-site replacing …
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Contractor hopes to have project done by the end of this week.
The $2.7 million renovation project at the Peabody Institute Library has been a work in progress ever since it began last summer. This week another phase of that work to replace the flat roof of a portion of the 157-year-old library that was installed in 1978 was underway. Martha Holden, the library's director, said E. Amanti & Sons is the general contractor and they are using a large hydraulic crane to replace the work. Crocker Architectural is the roofer that working on the roof replacement project, she said. The project is expected to be completed by the end of this week, weather permitting, she said.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
New carpeting, paint highlight renovations to wing that was closed since Labor Day.
- Dan Baer
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Relaxation is not exactly at the top of Library Director Martha Holden’s daily to-do list, but as the late afternoon sun pierces the full-length windows lining the front of her new office, calmly, subtly glistening off the polished surface of a mahogany conference table, her shoulders begin to loosen just a bit. “We get extraordinary light in here all day long, it is really brilliant,” she says with a smile. “In the morning from the east side all through the day until the sun sets over on the west side, we just have beautiful natural light all day.” The gleam of the sun is one of many draws that bring residents to the library’s 157-year-old main branch, which is located at 82 Main St. right in the heart of one of the city's most historic…