326 E. College Ave. Restoration by The History Museum

326 E. College Ave. restoration

The History Museum has a huge ongoing project that is all about renew, reuse and re-purpose, and that is the restoration and reuse of the building at 326 E. College Ave., directly adjacent to the museum.

The circa 1870 building has served as a grain and flour store, a sample room (saloon), a milliner, accounting office, pie shop and an ice cream parlor!

The History Museum is restoring its façade to its era, and will rehab the building for purposes of artifact care and storage. Historical artifacts are fussy about how they must be stored and preserved if we want them around for a long time. They require minimal handling, humidity and temperature control, and concealment from sunlight. Moving The History Museum’s collections of artifacts to the 326 building will address these issues, as the space is being built specifically for that purpose.

Passersby appear to be intrigued by the construction, peeking in the front window and stopping by to watch the workers. We’re sorry to note that currently there are no plans to incorporate an ice cream shop into the building! Photographs of the progress are being posted on the museum’s Facebook page. Like the History Museum and watch as they rejuvenate the 326 building!

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