Repairs to City Hall’s Weathervane
Maggie Rosa writes-
Weather permitting a crane will be brought to City Hall at 7:00am on Friday November 9th. The crane will be placed in the Administration side of the City Hall parking lot. Campbell Construction, contractors for the ongoing exterior restoration project, are donating their services to remove the weathervane, repair it and place it back on the tower. Rental costs for the crane are being donated by C.E. Cyr Construction Co., Inc. (Lawrence, MA) and Craig Herrmann Design (Gloucester, MA). Both companies are working on the Gorton’s addition project and are happy to contribute to the community.
If mother nature is not cooperative the repairs will be rescheduled most likely for Friday, November 16th.
The weathervane was donated to the City in 1989 by the Cape Ann Savings Bank and is modeled on the famed schooner “Elsie”.
Many thanks to all of these public spirited firms. We appreciate your generosity.
We reported on the failing weathervane this past summer-
City Hall Weathervane in 1989 before She Was First Hoisted Atop City Hall From The Infamous Fred Buck
photo courtesy Cape Ann Museum
joey – here’s the schooner with a broken mast on top of city hall. the copper model was created by washburn on rt. 114 in 1989 and donated to the city by the cape ann savings bank. this pic was taken just before she was hoisted up to her place of honor. it is, of course, the elsie, built in 1910 by a.d. story in essex. gordon thomas, in fast and able, called her "one of the greatest." if anyone can help bring her down for repairs, step forward! a model of the elsie by cape ann master craftsman erik ronnberg is on display at the cape ann museum. it’s a beautiful thing…
This post is in response to our August 16th photos from David Cox showing the Elsie weathervane in serious peril below-
If you remember our David Cox Caught the