Sandwich building could become new cultural center
By George Brennan, capecodonline.com
July 28, 2013
SANDWICH – An old building where the children of glass-factory workers once went to school could get new life as a cultural center.
Selectmen have agreed to allow the town’s Historical Commission to spend up to $15,000 to determine what it would take to restore the former Sand Hill School, known more recently as the Clark-Haddad Memorial Building.
The money would pay for an architect to do a needs assessment on the exterior of the building at 16 Dewey Ave. The funds would come from the town’s community preservation administrative funds already allocated by town meeting, but would require approval from the Community Preservation Committee, Assistant Town Manager Douglas Lapp said.
The commission would eventually like the 1885 building to become a cultural center – similar to historic buildings in Cataumet, Barnstable and Yarmouth – that have been restored using a combination of grants, private fundraising and community preservation funds.
After the town stopped using it as a school, the building became an American Legion post and was named after two men from Sandwich who died during World War I.
The Dewey Avenue building was last used by the school department for administrative offices, but school officials turned it back over to the town in 2007 when the superintendent’s office was moved into Sandwich High School. In 2010, selectmen wanted to sell the former school building, but that was blocked by voters at town meeting and another proposal by the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce to move it never gained traction.
Since then, the Historical Commission has stepped in to investigate ways to preserve the building, which has continued to deteriorate. Its windows are boarded up and the paint is peeling. It has about 2,000 square feet on the ground floor, according to town records.
“Doing nothing is not an acceptable alternative,” James Pierce, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said Friday. “If we just let it sit there, it will deteriorate to sawdust eventually and that would be a shame.”
Lisa Hassler, a member of the Historical Commission, said the hope is that the building will serve as a key component of the new Glass Town Cultural District in Sandwich’s historic village.
“It’s a wonderful first step to figure out what this building needs to move forward,” Hassler said of support from selectmen to do a feasibility study. “It’s the only building left, except for dwelling houses, that was actually owned by the glass company.”
Public/private effort may chart Sand Hill School future in Sandwich
Posted Jun 10, 2013 @ 06:00 AM
When it comes to deciding the fate and future of historic properties around Sandwich, the town has had limited success in recent years; Town Hall restoration aside.
What to do with the Forestdale Schoolhouse, Deacon Eldred House on Shawme Pond and the old Sand Hill School / Clark-Haddad Building at Dewey Avenue are cases in point.
The Sand Hill School topic has been filled with debate and discussion for years. That discussion continues.
The Sandwich Historical Commission will approach selectmen next month with a suggestion for the closed structure after having reviewed the makeover of other old area schoolhouses and a Bass River bank that was closed for 17 years but was successfully made over into the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in Yarmouth.
Commission member Lisa Hassler did the investigating. At this point, she says, an arts/cultural center makes some sense for Sand Hill/Clark Haddad in a public-private partnership of sorts; with the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce possibly involved.
Hassler looked at the old Cataumet Schoolhouse in Bourne, but that was turned into a veritable museum with period furniture intact that would make events, displays and exhibits nearly impossible to hold at Sand Hill.
Hassler says partnering with a non-profit group could lead to the restoration and maintenance of Sand Hill and an adaptive re-use – or re-uses – of the building.
Community Preservation Act funds might be tapped to finance an architectural reassessment of the building; something that would help later with grant applications.
Grant funding might flow to a makeover project given that the building is in the Jarvesville National Register Historic District and would support the start-up Glass Town Cultural District as well.
Selectmen will listen to historical commission suggestions July 25. The commission will present a brief slide presentation. The bottom line likely will be that a non-profit group be created to take responsibility for the building, its maintenance and leasing.
Selectmen undoubtedly will be attentive. There may be strands in the presentation that could be applied elsewhere; notably the Deacon Eldred House and Forestdale School. And perhaps even to a lesser extent at the 1927 section of the Henry T. Wing School, once youngsters leave for STEM studies at Sandwich High School.
Hassler is optimistic. She said the cultural center project in Yarmouth cost $700,000. But that project came in $500,000 under budget for a building that had been closed for 17 years.
She said a cultural center for Sand Hill is a reasonable idea. Part of the makeover would involve an improved appearance, a public/private partnership and a pragmatic evaluation of long-term uses; as well as efforts to protect the historical front façade.
An underlying argument in favor of such sentiment is commission consensus that arts and culture affect an area’s economic vitality.
Five more homes to receive distinctive Sandwich historical markers
Posted Jun 06, 2013 @ 08:00 AM
The Sandwich Historical Commission has unanimously approved distinctive markers for five more homes that help define the town’s architectural look and family histories.
A marker will be attached to a Greek revival home at 13 Liberty St. built circa 1850 by an Irish immigrant who worked at the Boston and Sandwich glassworks.
A home at 127 Main St. is also being recognized. It is on the hill across from the Sandwich Glass Museum and was built in 1880 by an English immigrant. Barnstable County Special Sheriff C. Jeffrey Perry now owns the property.
A house at 6 Water St. is also being honored. It is the William Diedering III home, which combines Victorian architectural style with Greek revival flourishes.
The home of Charles and Nancy Curci at 390 Route 6A will also receive a plaque. It was constructed circa 1742 by Samuel Wing. There has been some historical commission discussion about names to be inscribed on the plaque. The discussion will continue with the owners.
A home at 8 State Street was built by Richard Wood, an English immigrant who worked at the glass works. It will also receive a plaque. The structure is a half-Cape with a two-room addition.
Votes to recognize these properties brings to 130 the total of historical markers awarded by the historical commission. The markers cost about $80 each and are affixed to the front of selected homes.
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Sand Hill School: The Clark-Haddad Memorial Building
In 1851 a new 2 bay by 3 bay, 2-story, wood-frame building with a gable roof was erected at the corner of Factory Street and George’s Rock Road (16 Dewey Avenue). Known as the Jarvesville School, and later, the Sand Hill School, the building was replaced in 1885 with the current structure. It was built with a dividing wall down the middle and two entrance doors (gender-separated entrances were the custom at the time). After the school was closed, the building served as an American Legion Hall (starting in 1931) and as a gathering place for children and seniors. In 1950 the structure was re-named the Clark-Haddad Memorial Building for the first two Sandwich residents to die in military service during World War I: Alden Clark and Michael Haddad. The American Legion Post 188 moved to new quarters in 1972. Later, 16 Dewey Avenue was used as office space by the Sandwich Public Schools until 2007.
The building stands empty today and the Historical Commission wants to see this wonderful landmark returned to use while preserving its historic character. Come view the interior, attend the Forum and share your thoughts.
Click HERE for access to documents for the Forum.
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