by Luke Jones
Posted 2/3/2014 12:00 am
A $30,000 repair project is underway at Helena Museum in downtown Helena.
The current work involves repairing windows on the portion of the museum that’s housed in an 1891 building that once served as Helena’s library, Director Shane Williams said.
Williams said the work is part of a multiphase project that began in 2012 following severe storm damage that the 2,200-SF building sustained in 2011.
“There was dry rot and age damage,” Williams said. “And then there was damage due to having a storm several years back that blew out some windows, and it actually took the roof off of the building.”
The window repair, he said, is mainly due to age damage, and the job should be completed within the next couple of weeks.
Funding for the project came from an Arkansas Historic Preservation Program grant, Williams said. Future repairs will require additional funding, he added.
“The window repair is one phase, and we will be working on the rest of the exterior and repainting it,” he said. “One of the goals is also to do the interior of the library portion.”