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Museum’s new stairs adhere to history, borough codes

Posted 11/1/16

This is in response to the Oct. 26 letter to the editor that mentions the replacement of the stairway at the Historical Museum in Middletown.

1. The stairway is architecturally correct for an early colonial house of the period at which it was …

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Museum’s new stairs adhere to history, borough codes

Posted

This is in response to the Oct. 26 letter to the editor that mentions the replacement of the stairway at the Historical Museum in Middletown.

1. The stairway is architecturally correct for an early colonial house of the period at which it was built. It is simple in lacking fancy turnings of a later period. Examples can be found in any reference book on early Pennsylvania homes.

2. As for the materials used, treated lumber have been proven to last twice as long as untreated lumber. Since the Historical Society depends on donations as well as volunteers, we want it to endure the elements of harsh Pennsylvania winters. Following one year of exposure, it will be painted in appropriate color tones.

3. The question of the building permit: It has been displayed in the front window one week before construction began, where it remains to date. The permit was approved by the proper borough officials as well as being signed by a certified civil building engineer, following a strict adherence to all building codes.

Constructive criticism is always welcomed by the Historical Society in our efforts to improve our museum. 

However, inaccurate criticism due to lack of facts is unwarranted.

Robin Pellegrini, Jenny Miller, Leslie Givler, Earl Bright, III and Gary Barkley

Trustees of the Middletown Area Historical Society