What’s afoot at the Edmonds Museum

New skylight, windows and doors will help take it back to its roots
Dec 07, 2018
Photo by: Brian Soergel The Edmonds Historical Museum will get more historical soon with the addition of new windows and other items.

The Edmonds Historical Museum is not closing. It’s not for sale.

But boarded up windows have got some residents asking, “What’s up at the Edmonds Museum?”

The museum, located in the city’s historic Carnegie Library Building on Fifth Avenue North, will be getting a new look by the end of the year.

“We are so excited to unveil a glimpse into the past,” said museum director Katie Kelly.

Since 2016, the City of Edmonds has been monitoring conditions inside the 108-year-old building. Working with the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission along with museum staff, Edmonds Public Works’ Facilities Division has undertaken several building envelope projects to preserve the operation of the building for future generations,” Facilities Manager Thom Sullivan said.

Noteworthy projects included the replacement of the original 1910 skylight and replacing the exterior basement door with a historically correct reproduction. In 2017 and 2018, the city was generously granted matching funds through the Snohomish County Community Heritage Grant Program to replace all upper level windows.

During the 1980s, the city replaced operable windows with nonoperable insulated glass windows.

“This was done because the original windows had degraded, and also to adhere to modern energy code,” Sullivan said. “Through our investigation, we found that having nonoperable windows sealed off the Carnegie Library Building, not allowing the intended natural ventilation afforded by the original 1910 design.”

Working with the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, along with the Edmonds Preservation Commission, it was determined to return the building as closely as possible to its original appearance and performance.

“This building has been the cornerstone of the downtown area since its construction,” Historic Preservation Commission member Emily Scott said. “By using historically appropriate materials, the building is no longer just a structure, but it embodies its original sense of character and materials. By reusing the original existing hardware, this windows themselves are a small lesson in adaptive reuse.”

The windows are being manufactured to the original 1910 specifications (single glazed, double-hung) by Seattle Historic Window Company.

“In every instance, we have recovered and reused any historic hardware still in the walls, including the original 1910 counter weights and sash cord pulleys,” Sullivan said.

“We are honored to undertake this level of historic preservation and restoration with the support of our talented City Facilities staff, Edmonds Historical Museum staff and the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission.”


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