Repairs to Fogg Library in Weymouth under way

By Allison Manning
The Patriot Ledger
Posted May 05, 2010 @ 03:00 AM

WEYMOUTH — Exterior repairs to the Fogg Library are under way, bringing the 113-year-old building closer to reopening. Scaffolding has been erected around the Columbian Square building, which was closed in 2005 after leaks were discovered.

Damage to the roof and walls needs to be repaired, and the slate roof must be replaced. The masonry will be tested as part of a damage assessment, Town Planning Director James Clarke said.

“We’re glad that we’re finally able to get started and under way,” Clarke said.

The town budgeted $1.7 million in community preservation fund money for the work, which is being done by Colantonio Inc.

Clarke said the repairs will continue all summer.

While outside improvements are being made, a library reuse committee created by Mayor Sue Kay is finalizing its recommendations for the inside of the building.

For nearly two years, the committee has studied possible options for the building, including restoring it as a library and using it as a cafe and reading room. A museum is another possibility.

“They’re looking, obviously, at some kind of library function, with some other uses,” Clarke said.

The Fogg Library, one of four libraries in Weymouth, was only open three days a week when it closed in 2005.

Built in 1897, the library is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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