As indicated by the recent installation of an eight-by-four-foot sign on Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center’s (KTM&HC’s) front lawn, construction has begun at the site’s new state-of-the-art museum collections storage and research facility. The project is partially funded by a Good to Great grant from the state of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), which requires posting of the sign.
The project is unfolding at the new Visitor Center, where Ridgefield-based Sturges Brothers, Inc. — the general contractor selected through a state-mandated competitive bidding process — is working to transform the raw space in the building’s lower level. The facility, which has been designed by Sean O’Kane AIA Architects, will be accessed from a ground-level door leading to a new reception/research area for visitors. The adjacent secure and fire-protected storage area will have museum-grade, high-density moveable shelves and storage racks. The storage area’s dedicated HVAC system will maintain the space at the correct temperature and humidity to conserve KTM&HC’s thousands of fragile artifacts, documents, pamphlets, ledgers, journals, books, glass photo plates, and ephemera.