David B. Clark Wigwam Preservation Fund
Help Save the Wigwam Museum!
The Wigwam Museum
- which houses many of our town's artifacts and hosts a number of community
programs and events - is in trouble.
Over the past few years, we've noticed cracking in the brick façade and
in the interior plaster ceiling in several locations. A structural
analysis of the building by master post and beam engineer Glenn Dodge
determined that the walls are bowing. Fortunately, the problem can
be repaired by reinforcement without compromising the building’s
appearance or historical construction methods. Reinforcing the structure
will entail removing a portion of the roof structure to make the
repairs, adding steel reinforcement rods which will be invisible above
the building’s famous frescoed ceiling, repairing the sub roof, and
replacing the roof shingles. Since the buidling's roof is at the end of its useful life,
and since the structural repairs involve removing the roof
sheathing, it seems only logical and financially prudent that we take on both these projects
Dave Clark with wife Sue after the announcement
*Bob Jackson (1935-2010), an accomplished architect by profession, was an active community volunteer and served as an Amherst selectman, a member of the Amherst Planning Board, and a member and past president of the Rotary Club.