With substantial completion of the building project nearing (late December), the progress on the interior of both the Richardson and CBT’s addition is noticeable. The Richardson’s built-in wooden cases glow with warmth from meticulous cleaning and repair. Likewise, crews are replacing damaged planks of the original hardwood floor in the Frizzell Study Hall in order to sand and refinish that room, as they have already in the Richardson Gallery and the Historic Artifacts Room.
In the addition, the beams and frames have been transformed into walls with first coats of paint. The purple that graces the hallway areas of the first floor and mezzanine captures the color of the East Longmeadow red sandstone when it stands in shadow. The blues in the Teen Room and Archives are serene. In addition to painting, the tile work in the public restrooms has commenced. In the next few weeks, the installation of ceiling panels and flooring in the addition will begin.
On the exterior of the addition, the masons are completing the Ohio cream-colored sandstone facade. The smooth and rough sections complement the banding on the Richardson. Simultaneously, they are finishing up the repair of the cornice on the east facade of the Richardson, which had been damaged by water over time. In terms of the new main entrance, the steps have been poured and the crews continue to work on the grading of the site. Both entrances (at first floor and ground floor) will be accessible.