By Kathryn G. Menu
Last month, building inspector Tim Platt asked the Sag Harbor Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board (ARB) to weigh in on the condition and appearance of the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, which has chipped and peeling paint and was targeted by Platt after a resident logged a complaint about the historic building’s exterior.
The ARB discussed the exterior of the building, which museum board president Barbara Lobosco said the museum was fundraising to repair as a part of a three-phase project. That project is slated to begin this fall with repairs and painting to the exterior, as well as repairs to the roof finials and repairs to the front and side porches. The first phase of the project is estimated to cost about $180,000, according to Ince Painting Professional of Westhampton Beach, which will complete the work for the museum board.
The museum has already raised over $75,000 for that project and has earned a $50,000 grant from the Century Arts Foundation for the repair work.
Last month, ARB chairman Cee Scott Brown said the board should be furnished with a timeframe for repairs. What was initially handed in by the museum, however, was deemed not thorough enough by the ARB during a meeting last Thursday night.
In a motion offered by ARB member Christine Patrick and seconded by Penni Ludwig, the ARB determined the painting contract prepared by Ince Painting Professional does not meet the needs of the repairs that are required on the Whaling Museum.
“The board agreed that the proposal should address carpentry, roof drains, gutters, downspouts, fence and painting,” states a memo from ARB Clerk Doris Alvarez to Platt.
The Ince proposal detailed the means of protecting and covering work areas, how it would remove paint from the building, clean the property daily and paint the building.
The painting would include removing all existing painting down to the building’s bare wood, removing all glazes from the windows and re-glazing them. Putty work — caulking, glazing and wood care — is also planned.
“All areas will be inspected for imperfections; any found imperfections will be fixed,” reads the painting contract.
Resident Robert Ferris asked if the contract addressed moisture abatement, rotting wood or any roof leaks.
While ARB member Bethany Deyermond noted the contract states any imperfections will be fixed, for Ferris — and members of the board — it was not specific enough a plan.
Ludwig added she believes the scope of what repairs are necessary at the museum go far beyond what it laid out in the contract, suggesting she believes “about $75,000 in carpentry” alone is necessary.
“The scope is much greater,” said Ludwig.
On Tuesday, Lobosco said she was not aware the item was going to be discussed by the ARB as she believed the museum needed to provide the board more information, but believed it was otherwise a closed agenda item.
She forwarded an addendum to Brown, who was not present at Thursday’s meeting, showing Ince Painting is committed to making any “minimal repairs needed to the exterior of the building.”
Also sent to Brown was an addendum from historic preservationist Robert Strada, co-chair of the Whaling Museum’s building and grounds committee, who committed to completing any necessary major repairs of the building.
The restoration of the museum, added Lobosco was planned as a three-phase project, starting with exterior repairs and painting, following by interior repairs and painting and ending with repairs to the grounds and the roof.