The Westport town hall.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
continued As part of the research done by the committee, the members went and toured the current offices of Adirondack Architectural Heritage. Its director, Steven Engelhart, is serving as an advisor to the committee.
“It was a former office building that had been vacant for years that AARCH renovated,” Johnston said. “We wanted to see how you could take a historic building and modernize it.”
Proposals for the work were to be opened at the June 26 meeting of the Westport Town Board and would then be looked over by the committee. There were 13 proposals submitted.
“We want to look at the qualifications of the people, how they approach the problem and what it is going to cost,” Johnston said. “It’s hard for me to say if there is a timeline, but the review could take as long as a month.”
Johnston said that any project would have to be done in phases in order to break up the costs.
“We will try to answer the basic questions early,” Johnston said. “If those answers come back positive, then we can move on to the next phases.”
The town hall, or WADA, building, was originally constructed by Vern Gough for the Lake View Grange in 1928. The building has seen uses for plays, dances, basketball games before the current Westport Central School was built in 1932, and roller skating rink before becoming the town offices in 1971.