Friday, July 25, 2008

Tower Ribbon Cutting

Today The Bostonian Society and the Old State House hosted the Tower Restoration Project Ribbon Cutting. The ceremony marked the first "brick and mortar" project to be completed under the National Park Service's Centennial Initiative. The Centennial Initiative matches government funding with private donations for projects within the National Parks. Attendees included Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, Director of the National Park Service Mary Bomar, as well as representatives from the Boston National Historical Park, and representatives from the City of Boston.

In this photo, Brian LeMay, Executive Director of The Bostonian Society, gives opening remarks.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

South Scaffolding Comes Down

Last night the two piers or legs on the south side of the building were dismantled. The end is just about a day away. Seeing the entrance without scaffolding was a pleasant sight upon coming into work this morning.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Crane Day a Success

On Saturday night the crew from Marr took down the large, steel beams that supported the scaffolding levels. Working from about 7pm until 2am, the crew pulled down groups of small beams as well as four 24ft beams and four 60ft beams. The large, 60ft beams weighed a hefty 6,000lbs each and were taken away on an extended trailer. Once they left the site it signaled the end of the most nerve-racking portion of the project. The four piers or legs will be coming down over night this week and everything will be cleaned up by Thursday morning.