Work to Start on Interior of Historic Hose Tower
The Greendale Historical Society has formed a team to start work on the building interior for the construction of public restrooms, a kitchen, and other interior facilities including a public meeting space.
The Greendale Historical Society and a team will start work on interior construction on the Historic Hose Tower in December.
Work on the re-adaption of the Historic Hose Tower will begin with preparation of the building interior for the construction of public restrooms, a kitchen, and other interior facilities including public meeting space for up to 100 persons.
“Substantial completion of the building is planned for Village Days in August 2013, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Greendale,” said Historical Society President Ted Mainella in a release. “I can think of no better way to celebrate that important milestone than to readapt this important building and convert it to community use.”
The Greendale Historical Society has raised over $200,000 for the re-adaptation of this historic building in the heart of Greendale’s National Historic Landmark District. The Village of Greendale pledged to match up to $100,000.
Actress and Greendale native Jane Kaczmarek serves as an honorary fundraising chairwoman for the project.
A Hose Tower Project Team has been formed to include members from the Greendale community with years of experience in design, building, and the construction trades.
“The construction project will be led by Jack Reichl, Greendale resident and co-owner of Reichl Construction,” said Historical Society Board Member Bob Prindiville in a release.
Jack Reichl said, “Reichl Construction Inc. is proud of our family’s heritage in Greendale. We appreciate the opportunity to contribute the construction management services for the Hose Tower project.”
Jane Kerwin of Kerwin Homes, LTD will lead the efforts to complete the kitchen in the Grounds Building. Kerwin has designed and built many homes in the area and will work with other Greendale professionals including Chris Caskey of Arrow Millwork & Cabinetry, Inc. of Greendale.
“I am very excited to be involved with the Greendale Historical Society and all the other partners,” Kerwin said. “I look forward to helping them realize all the plans in adapting the Historic Grounds Building and Hose Tower for use by the entire Greendale community.”
The Grounds Building and Hose Tower, commonly called the “Hose Tower,” is located near the Greendale Middle School at the west end of the municipal parking lot. The building dates from 1939 and was originally used as the Village Department of Public Works office and storage facility. The iconic Hose Tower was used to dry the fire hoses for the Greendale Fire Department located nearby. The building served for a time in the 1970s as a youth gathering spot.
Team members include: Lee Paulus, (Project Engineer), Al Sikorski (Bradley Corp), Jane Kerwin (Kerwin Homes, LTD), Jim Read (Project Architect), Kathleen Hart (Board Member), Al Emmons (Creative Construction), Bob Prindiville (Board Member), Jack Reichl (Reichl Construction, Project Manager), Ted Mainella (Greendale Historical Society President), Bill Kewan (Board Member), Josh Neudorfer (Sigma Group), Chris Caskey of Arrow Millwork & Cabinetry, Inc.