WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — It’s a familiar site to anyone who’s been to the Big E.
The Massachusetts Building is located along the avenue of states.
The building is undergoing a major renovation project says Mary Jordan of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.
“This building is almost 100 years old. In 2019, it will be 100 years old and the work they’re doing is to refine, preserve the bricks and mortar of the building,” says Jordan.
The $2.7 million state project will give the Massachusetts building’s facade a fresh look.
It’s a meticulous job that’s labor intensive.
“The mortar is being replaced. We’re cutting out all the mortar and brick work. We’re replacing it with new mortar, and then the whole building will be sealed with a waterproof sealant,” says Project Manager Ted Anthony.
The Massachusetts Building is a replica of the old Massachusetts State House complete with gold lion and a unicorn.
A deteriorating facade made the repairs necessary.
“We were getting water leakage particularly on this elevation the front of the building, and also the rear as well. It was causing some damage on the inside of the building,” says Ted Anthony.
The work is being done by low bidder Kronenberger and Sons from Middletown, Conn.
There have been other renovations in the past including replacing the slate roof several years ago.
In case you’re wondering when this project will be completed, the good news is that it will be all done in time for the Big E this September.