Fisherman’s Cottage Restoration in Home Stretch

GO FISH!: (Over) One of quite a few restored rooms shines in this fisherman’s cottage, built circa 1880. (Equipped Image)
Volunteers of the LBI Historical Association Museum in Seashore Haven have created important development this winter season in rehabilitating the interior of the Fisherman’s Cottage, a pet project for the association for virtually 12 several years.
Courting again to 1880, the outdated dwelling was moved two blocks north in early 2009 to a web page on the west aspect of the museum assets. The cottage experienced been owned by area attorney Julius Robinson, who died at the age of 100 in 2007. His son Jody Robinson, who was executor of the estate, agreed to donate the household to the museum.
The house has a kitchen area, dwelling home, dining room and toilet on the first floor and two bedrooms on the next ground.
“It is going to serve as a tribute to the fishing local community,” said Ron Marr, association president. “It will also give folks an thought what lifestyle was like living right here in the late 1800s and the early 1900s.”
But before it could open, the construction expected considerable renovations.
“It took a great deal of time,” stated Marr. “From the commencing, the affiliation was dependent upon donations of time and cash from the group to restore the cottage. The restoration was continuously interrupted by deficiency of time, deficiency of dollars and Superstorm Sandy. Sandy induced no harm in the cottage, which experienced been positioned on a new, raised foundation. But it did divert focus and methods to restoring the museum, which experienced extra than $120,000 of hurt. The association collected more than enough revenue, together with a grant from the Seashore Haven Long term team, that the inside work could be started in 2020.”
And the association identified out it essential in depth get the job done.
“The outdated plaster and drywall was rotten, the paint on the trim was peeling, and we necessary to fortify the floors and ceiling,” Marr said. “The ceiling in the residing home experienced a 2-inch sag. There were being no firestops in the partitions – necessary by code – and there were being holes in the floor.”
Marr claimed most of the significant work has been accomplished, costing the association approximately $250,000, all of it raised as a result of donations.
“We are heading to just take this winter season and early spring to clear, fix and set up the household furniture, and are hoping to have the cottage open for the 2021 year,” he stated.
Marr claimed a $5 admission price to the museum would involve a tour of the cottage.  —E.E.

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