Time to take down
The Jerome Walsh Museum in Little Bay has become as safety concern and needs to be torn down, according to Marystown council.
Jerome Walsh Museum in Little Bay has become a serious safety hazard and needs to be demolished, according to Marystown council.
The museum, which has fallen into a state of disrepair and is in danger of falling into Mortier Bay, came up for discussion again last Tuesday.
Walsh died in 2012 and left the building to the town.
Coun. Darlene Lafosse Blagdon, chairwoman of the tourism and special events committee, said she recently received a phone call about children playing underneath the structure.
The town has applied for about $800,000 in funding from the federal and provincial governments to build a new, interactive museum.
“We don’t want the public perception (to be) we’re tearing this building down and OK, we’ve washed our hands of it,” Lafosse Blagdon said. “I mean, we haven’t let it die.”
The committee was scheduled to meet with the family yesterday and the condi- tion of the museum was to be conveyed.
Coun. Leonard Pittman said the town was told by architects some time ago the building is not reparable. The structure needs to come down, he said.
“So if something happens and somebody gets hurt, we’re liable,” Pittman said.
Ben Letemplier, the town’s director of operations and public works, said even tearing the building down will be a safety issue.
Other avenues for removing the structure, including tendering the job, were also brought up Tuesday.
Walsh, a fisherman, began collecting antiques as a hobby and eventually opened his former fishing shed as a museum. Artifacts from the museum have been taken out of the structure and are now in storage.
“We don’t want the public perception (to be) we’re tearing this building down and OK, we’ve washed our hands of it.”
Coun. Darlene Lafosse Blagdon
It looks likely the Jerome Walsh Museum in Little Bay, Marystown, will soon be torn down. Safety concerns were expressed about the structure during last Tuesday’s council meeting.