Renovation of the Historic
After many months of meetings and negotiations with the Town of Chatham and the Building Department, the approvals from the Planning Board, Historical Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals, a Building Permit was issued and the lease for the "Hotel" was signed on February 27th, and renovations began.
As a result of significant planning with subcontractors by Rick Roy, our primary contractor, we were able to hit the ground running. Meetings with the framers and elevator, electrical, sprinkler system, and HVAC contractors were held in February to ensure a smooth start of work and understanding of this complex renovation.
We also met with the Town to install new electrical service, new gas service, septic system upgrade and parking lot/walkway upgrade. Meetings were also held with the Town and Eric Whitley, our HVAC contractor, to upgrade the efficiency of the HVAC system so we will qualify for a grant from the Cape Light Compact.
The initial task, removal of old plumbing and heating system fixtures and radiators, was accomplished by Bob Dubis - a big job. At least three truckloads and a dumpster of old cast iron were removed.
Although our current plans and funds do not include major renovation of the second floor, some work will be done. A new back stairway, an elevator and rough plumbing will be installed. The sprinkler system and temporary lighting will be extended to all second floor rooms and the attic. This work will allow CMMC to use the second floor in the future.
We removed the cabinets in the "living room" and uncovered the original fireplace, which will be reconditioned for a gas fireplace. Many artifacts as well all the original moldings, trim and doors are being saved for reuse in the renovation. The front staircase will be restored to its original condition and will be a showcase for those entering the building.
Our objective is to return the hotel to a productive use as our Education Center/Administrative Offices and extension of our Museum space.
|History Committee: L-R: Read Moffett, Ed Moxon, Donna Lumpkin, |
Edee Crowell. Not pictured: Dick Kraycir, Roz Coleman & Frank Messina
To quote the Chronicle editorial and article (linked below), on our renovation:
"It's been a truly remarkable transformation of this gem, a National Historic Register Property that the town had the foresight to acquire for less than $1 million in 1999. It's safe to say that the true historical heritage of the property was not fully understood then, before smartphones and ubiquitous Wi-Fi. But it is now, and as it heads toward its centennial, we eagerly await the further transformation of the property into one of Chatham's most important assets."
Construction Project Manager
Vice President, CMMC
Chronicle Article on CMMC Hotel
Chronicle Editorial on CMMC Hotel