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Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Equipment Replacement Campaign

Jul 22 2015

 




08/05/15 UPDATE
On August 4, Governor Coumo announced that Fraunces Tavern Museum will be awarded a $587,550 grant for the Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Equipment Replacement Campaign. This grant will help cover 95% of the total project cost!

But we still need your help. Stanley and Elizabeth D. Scott’s $50,000 matching challenge must still be reached. We have already raised $33,035 to date. Please consider helping us meet the matching challenge!

The Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York’s Fraunces Tavern is an essential part of Lower Manhattan’s culture and American history. Museum attendance has increased in 25% within the last five years, offering a variety of monthly programming and changing exhibitions to over 25,000 annual visitors and the Restaurant is bustling with tourist and locals.

However, the scene at the Tavern was extremely different in October of 2012 after Hurricane Sandy, with winds reaching over 80 miles per hour, swept through the east coast and damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses including Fraunces Tavern.

The destruction caused by the flood waters of Sandy to the historic Landmarked Tavern was staggering. Brackish and sewage water rose eleven feet above street level destroying all of the Taverns utilities systems in the basement.

For forty days, Fraunces Tavern was without electricity, heat, and communications. Led by Executive Director, Jessica B. Phillips, the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York began around-the-clock efforts to restore the utilities to quickly reopen the doors to the public.

Many of the repaired damages and flood clean-up have been lasting – communications, elevator service, boiler and gas line systems, asbestos abatement, and mold treatment.

However, the building’s electrical system still needs major restoration. According to SW Engineering’s report, the Tavern’s electrical equipment may operate without any problems in the short term but its exposure to “floodwater will corrode at an accelerated rate” ultimately increasing the likelihood of future fires and/or service failures.

The Society must replace all flooded electrical components (wiring, conduits, fixtures, overcurrent devices and switchgear) in order to prevent future fires due to corrosion. This massive and necessary project will cost $614,500.

It would be devastating if a fire were to occur in the five wood framed historic buildings that make up the Fraunces Tavern complex. The safety of the visitors, staff, and history are a top priority for the Society. Honorary Past President and major Museum supporter, Stanley D. Scott understands the urgency of this project. Along with his wife, Elizabeth, the Scotts have generously promised to match up to $50,000 of contributions made to the Post-Hurricane Sandy Electrical Replacement Project.

This coming October will mark the three year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Will you join us in keeping Fraunces Tavern safe and accessible?

 




 

 

NEW EXHIBITION: Lafayette

May 22 2015

"Gen. The Marquis De La Fayette" Artist: Jean Baptiste Le Paon (1736-1785) Engraver: Henry Bryan Hall (1808-1884) Collection of Fraunces Tavern Museum Gift of Louis Bach, 1987

 

Fraunces Tavern Museum is proud to announce the exhibition opening of Lafayette. This exhibition will open on May 22, 2015 and end in December 2016. The exhibition, Lafayette, will complement the docking of the Marquis de Lafayette’s replica ship, L’Hermione at South Street Seaport occurring on July 4th weekend.

 

Executive Director and Curator, Jessica B. Phillips, shares, “I’m always excited to put rare objects on display, like Lafayette’s calling card and the general’s sash which the Marquis bled on at the Battle of Brandywine.”

 

Twenty Lafayette related historic objects, several which have never been exhibited, will be available for view in the Museum’s Loeb Gallery. Accompanying Lafayette’s calling card and the general’s sash, is also a pair of officer’s pistols gifted by Lafayette to fellow Continental, David Miller. All artifacts are from the Museum’s collection.

 

NEW EXHIBITION: “Give Me Liberty”

Sep 10 2014

August 28, 2014 – New York, NY – Fraunces Tavern Museum is pleased to announce “Give Me Liberty,” a solo exhibition of new works by Brooklyn-based artist Sylvanus Shaw. In this site-specific exhibition, Shaw invokes imagery of early American statehood in media ranging from oil on panel to collaged holograms, security envelopes, and other mediums. Give Me Liberty will be on view from September 10, 2014 through March 16, 2015.

Challenged by the contextual significance of exhibiting in Manhattan’s oldest surviving structure, a space which figures prominently in the Revolutionary era history and now serves as a monument to American history, Shaw engages with the Museum’s permanent collection by taking liberties with the stock images of the Revolution, reanimating and re-envisioning them through a twenty-first century lens.

Many of the featured works continue Shaw’s series of security envelope collages. Adopting the envelopes as an artistic medium, Shaw engages both their ascribed function as security devices—dividing interior from exterior, public from private—as well as the envelope’s status as a nearly bygone technology, an analog buffer in world of digital encryption.

“Shaw’s work brings unique imagery to the historic house museum audience. The visually captivating pieces allow viewers a special perspective to today’s remembrance of our nation’s founding years.” says Jessica Baldwin Phillips, Museum Executive Director.

Sylvanus Shaw
Sylvanus Shaw (b. 1979, Houston, TX) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been shown at the Salon Art + Design Fair, International Fine Arts and Antiques Dealers Show, International Art & Design Fair, and the National Arts Club. He was an H. W. Jansen Scholar in art history at New York University where he received his B.A. with honors in Fine Arts. He is a Pushcart Prize nominated author whose writings have appeared in Zingmagazine, SpringGun, Lilies and Cannonball Review, and Aufgabe. In addition to his visual work, Shaw is working on a collection of design furniture which will be released in the spring of 2015. www.sylvanusylvania.com

Give Me Liberty Press Release