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Work at former Seneca Knitting Mill will resume for HOF

It took some time, but the windows and limestone at the old mill site where the National Women’s Hall of Fame is working on restorations are about to get overhauled.The Hall announced on Monday that after receiving the appropriate approvals — construction work would once again begin at the Seneca Knitting Mill. The New York State Historic Preservation and Seneca Falls Historic Commission approved the contract work, which resulted in the awarding of the general contract to Raymond E. Kelley Company — of Waterloo, New York.The next phase of the project will involved rehabilitating the ill Site, with focus on the exterior of the limestone building. Gilbane Building Company will continue as the construction management firm.With stabilization, abatement, and a new roof completed in 2014 — CJS Architects prepared for this next phase on the limestone building, which will include lintels and sills repaired or replaced, the limestone cleaned and repointed, and replacing the 100+ windows with new construction to match the historic profile of the 12-over-12 sash windows on the first three floors. The chlerestory windows on the fourth floor will also be restored.The current plan is for the first floor of the building to be occupied by next year.Board President, Jeanne Giovannini said in a statement that, “We are delighted to begin construction work again on the Mill site, the future home of the Hall in the Center for Great Women. Significant behind-the-scenes work took place in 2015 and early 2016. I applaud the collaborative team effort that enabled us to reach this point.”FingerLakes1.com will have more on this story as it develops and the construction continues at the former Seneca Knitting Mill.

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