$10,000 in repairs to damaged roof of Pump House approved

The damaged roof on the Pump House is the second section from the right Despite all of the recent trouble with the closure of Pump House Road due to a failure of the roadway, progress appears to be on the way to saving the failing roof to the Victorian Gothic treasure, which was designed and constructed in the 1880s under the leadership of the great Richmond city engineer Col. Wilfred Emory Cutshaw. It is located in the Byrd Park District, west of the Boulevard Bridge on the Kanawha Canal.

The roof of the 1905 edition in spring 2010
The roof of the 1905 edition in spring 2010

In the past year, there has been a growing hole in the roof of the 1905 addition to the Pump House. After being reported in spring 2010, the hole has gone from six inches to an estimated six feet now, according to comments from Ralph White at a James River Outdoor Coalition meeting in November.

As of the first week of February, the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities has approved two contracts to repair to the roof of the Pump House near the entry to the second room, according to public relations manager Christy Everson. Each of the contracts is for approximately $5,000 — one is to make repairs to the underlying roof, and the other will cover replacing the shingles.

Everson said the parks department has not received a bid for the
exterior lighting for the outdoor ramp, which is an ADA complaint requirement.

The offseason plan was for the building to be useable in the late spring and summer for small events and possibly to be kept open on weekends for tours. That plan would likely require the installation of toilets (possibly composting toilets) and bottled water to bring the building up to city code.


2 responses to “$10,000 in repairs to damaged roof of Pump House approved

  1. Wow, I guess that there might have been too much hype attached to the city closing the road to punish the pump house, eh?

  2. Pingback: Hills and Heights » Things Looking Up for the Pumphouse - Richmond, Virginia

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s