Preservation of Existing Facility and Contents
The current condition of the Libby Museum presents a potential loss of both the building and its contents as described in the "Existing Conditions Assessment" completed by Alba Architects in 2019 (available on request). The building has been unheated and uninsulated for 108 years, and Dr. Libby's collection and other artifacts are being damaged.
The objectives of restoration are to:
1.2 Provide Year-Round Conditioned Space
Both the building and its contents are deteriorating due to significant fluctuation of relative humidity in the building and will not last if not restored and maintained in a more controlled environment. Insuring the continued existence of both is vital for the Town of Wolfeboro to satisfy its responsibilities as museum trustees.
1.3 Provide Storage: Existing storage space is limited and requires some off-site storage. Two recent additions of further exhibit material will require increased storage needs. Donor support for this is being mobilized by Friends of The Libby.
1.4 Provide Varied Display Space: Increases in available exhibit material requires additional space for further display of items
and would offer opportunities for revolving display and increased interest/increased admissions.
1.5 Move towards a Self-sufficient Facility:
The long-term goal of the facility is to create a self-sufficient museum that can carry out it’s continuing mission with limited financial support from the general funds of the Town of Wolfeboro.
What's the problem?
+ Foundations are crumbling, and not below frost line
+ Walls are moving
+Plaster is falling
+ Paint is unable to adhere due to severe moisture
+ Artifacts are molding
+ Dr. Libby's gypsum is being destroyed
Internal wall issues
+ Wolfeboro Selectmen have been the Museum's trustees since 1956
+ The Town provides a modest budget annually to ensure the Museum opens from June to Columbus Day (a requirement of Dr. Libby's bequest and probate court)
+ The building is now 108 years old
+ Restoration is the responsibility of the Town and a full technical proposal has been produced (funded by generous donors in 2019)
+ The current building is not able to house the much needed heating/temp control system or ADA compliant toilets, etc. A modest addition is proposed
+ The addition will not be visible from the front of the building.