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The Wassaic Project


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Wassaic, NY
Construction Management
The Palombo Group

Project Description

The Wassaic Project is an exciting organization, closely related the Wassaic Artist Residency Program and co-located at the Maxon Mills in Wassaic. The Maxon Mills building was originally a grain mill that served farmers in five of the surrounding counties by combining the various grains that they produced into a feed for livestock. The grain the farmers brought in gave them credit towards the finished feed product when it was produced.

Registered as a historic place and one of the last remaining wood-crib elevators in the country, it is used by enthusiasts as a model for feed elevators of the time. As such, the building needed to be restored as closely to the original as possible. This was accomplished by referencing old photographs and by keeping as much of the original machinery as possible as part of the current structure. Used as an exhibit center, the mill provides an interesting space for displaying works of art. The exhibit is open during the annual summer festival in August, and from June through September on Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment.

The Palombo Group was responsible for overseeing construction via Hammermill Builders, a sub-division of The Palombo Group and took on the challenge of restoring the building authentically.  The building had fallen into a state of disrepair and needed structural reconstruction in many places in addition to roofing, flooring, interior walls, exterior walls, and more superficial changes such as railings and finish work.

The project was completed on time and under budget in Spring of 2008.

Click here If you are interested in finding out more about the historic building or here to learn about the annual art festival that is held there.