ESCANABA - A $1 million donation from a former Escanaba resident will enable the Delta County Historical Society to expand its museum and services, the organization's president was pleased to announce Thursday.
Historical Society President Charles Lindquist was proud to present the Escanaba Planning Commission with a preliminary design for renovations and additions on the museum located on Sand Point, east of downtown. A public hearing will be conducted on the project, which will be forwarded to council to consider.
"This will be complimentary to the lighthouse and Escanaba and Ludington Park," Lindquist told commissioners, offering them background on the project to date.
A preliminary drawing by Blomquist Architects of Iron Mountain depict plans for a $1 million renovation and expansion of the Delta County Historical Society Museum in Escanaba. A former resident, Dr. John Beaumier, donated the funding for the project. (Courtesy image)
Earlier this year, Dr. John Beaumier of Duluth - a former Escanaba resident and past president of the local historical society - offered the club money for a new building, explained Lindquist. Beaumier also recommended the design firm of Blomquist Architects of Iron Mountain.
"All summer long, we've been working on the building design," Lindquist said, detailing how the new entrance will reflect the area's past and present with a simple outline of the bow of an ore boat.
The society plans to remove the existing archives building to accommodate an addition on the west side of the museum, Lindquist informed commissioners.
According to Architect Kyle Blomquist, the west-side addition will house a new archive area, a multipurpose/meeting room, a lobby and admissions area, and restrooms. This end of the building will also be constructed to be open to the public year around, he added.
An addition on the east side of the building will be used for larger exhibits and a prep area; the north and south sides of the existing building will be expanded to include more exhibit space, Blomquist said.
The $1 million donation will be directed to the Community Foundation of Delta County which in turn will allocate funding for the museum project, said Lindquist.