Construction update – November 10, 2020

Watching the progress on our construction this past week was nothing short of amazing! The symbiosis of destruction and creation continues to work its magic.

Down came the kitchen and the interior modifications made years ago, namely to install visitor bathrooms near the Makeshift Theater, which resulted in a massive pile of rubble, seen in this photograph below. (From this pile, we extracted and saved beams of the original wooden structure, which we plan to cut and craft into souvenirs for faithful donors and supporters.)

Additionally, the gift shop and northern wall of the carriage barn were opened up (below left). Some of the flooring lifted, all of which revealed many surprises. Among them, a line of radiators on the wall just below the gift shop ceiling (below right) and what we believe was the drain and elevated water source for a former car wash!

   

Lastly, and perhaps most wonderfully, the new art gallery space is now apparent (pictured below).

Having lived, slept, and breathed this project every day since stepping into the role of Executive Director, I must admit that even I – so immersed in the plans – was moved to walk into the space and see this incredible progress.

After decades of devotion and planning, this project has come alive before our eyes. We are immensely proud of the results—a beauty to behold—and to have carried on to this point during this exceptionally trying year! The very air in the space is thick with excitement.

If you are interested in a site viewing or joining the dozens of supporters making this renovation possible, I invite you to contact me. We will make plans for your visit and proudly share this transformation with you!

Dr. Anna Swinbourne


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Construction update – October 12, 2020

As we all know, sometimes one has to take things apart to create something new and beautiful!

We are delighted to share that we are now at that exciting stage at Hill-Stead. The exterior fencing—in our favorite shade of green—has gone up and been decorated with colorful renditions of the renovated spaces to come. And, the interior demolition has begun. In these photographs, you can see the transition that is occurring in the museum’s entryway. The paneling on the north wall has come down, revealing a first look at the ticket desk and gift shop! For the moment, the shop serves as central command for our site supervisor, Carl (pictured above in red coat here).

What has gone up across the way is a temporary floor-to-ceiling divider wall—painted with Benjamin Moore’s Sidewalk Grey. The wall partitions the current space and allows visitors to pass through safely from the museum’s parking lot. We were thrilled to welcome former Board President and Hill-Stead champion, Mary Sargent, as one of our first visitors. She is pictured above with Executive Director, Dr. Anna Swinbourne.

What isn’t visible in photographs or on a walk-through is our continued and careful collaboration with the architects at Centerbrook, PAC Group construction management, and the State’s DECD (Department of Economic Development). A concerted effort is needed to complete the submittal process – all part and parcel of a smooth and thorough laying the “foundation” for our successful endeavor.


Bringing Art to Life – Hill-Stead’s 75th Anniversary Capital and Endowment Campaign

Please read our Case Statement validating the importance of this renovation to the future of Hill-Stead for generations to come!

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To learn more, please visit Bringing Art to Life – Hill-Stead’s 75th Anniversary Capital and Endowment Campaign.

Day 1

The big day is finally here!

From left to right: Dave Perbeck, Operations Director at Hill-Stead; Lavell Thompson, President of Hill-Stead’s Board of Governor’s; Frank Giordano and Chuck Mueller of Centerbrook Architects.

After a decade in the making, Hill-Stead launched our highly anticipated strategic endeavor to enhance our sustainability. As you can see from the photos, the construction phase of our Carriage Barn renovation kicked off this past Friday, September 18 with work on the Entry Hall, Gift Shop, and Media Space now underway.

Please stop by Hill-Stead to check on progress or visit these pages every two weeks as we continue to post project updates.

In the meantime, please read our Case Statement validating the importance of this renovation to the future of Hill-Stead for generations to come!

To learn more, please visit Bringing Art to Life – Hill-Stead’s 75th Anniversary Capital and Endowment Campaign.

Support our Capital and Endowment Campaign today by completing this pledge form.
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