The Amesbury Police Department's Balcony gets a Facelift
Updated: Dec 1, 2020
BLB Custom Building is excited to announce a new community-based project: restoring the Amesbury Police Department's balcony. Volunteering our efforts and teaming up with local businesses, including Latady Design, Modern Heritage, and Window Woman of New England, the project consists of refurbishing and restoring the balcony and related window accessories that exist on the west facade of the police station.
Constructed in the early 1900s, the building was utilized as a police station and courthouse - leading some to believe the balcony was used at some point in history or oration purposes. Today, the second-floor balcony is no longer used for formal speeches, but rather a unique feature which adds to downtown Amesbury's character and history.
While it has undergone nearly 100 years of wear and tear, the team is determined to restore the balcony to its original state. BLB will be providing our construction services and expertise throughout the course of the project, which is broken into two phases: the winter phase and spring phase. The winter phase consists of removing necessary pieces and working collaboratively offsite, and the spring phase will consist of removing the balcony itself.
Alison Hardy of Window Woman of New England is tasked with removing the window casing, sills, and sashes and continue her work offsite throughout the winter. In place of the sashes, Hardy will install plywood panels and add decorative paint to give the illusion of actual window sashes. Andrew Brewin and Ian Mentasti of Modern Heritage will remove millwork components to restore and fabricate brand new corbels over the winter.
Kevin Latady and Dan Staats of Latady Design will be documenting the overall project for historical records and capture the project in workable CAD files. Thankfully, most of the existing casings and trim are in overall good condition and will only need some TLC - in the form of scraping, priming, and repainting.
With a completion date of Spring 2021, the team is excited to collaborate and work closely with other members of the Amesbury community - including Mayor Kassandra Gove, City Archivist Meghan Fahey, and the police. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages to receive updates on the project and the process of restoring historic buildings and millwork.