Posted by: wadahp | July 12, 2011

TRUST, CITY HOLD RIBBON CUTTING, PUBLIC TOURS FOR RENOVATED ARTILLERY BARRACKS ON FRIDAY


 

Vancouver, WA—The Fort Vancouver National Trust and the City of Vancouver are opening the doors to the renovated Artillery Barracks Building on Friday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m. Mayor Pro Tem Larry Smith will help cut the ribbon. Smith is a retired Army Colonel and served as Senior Army Advisor from Fort Lewis to the Commander of the 104th Division at Vancouver Barracks. The Trust and the City will be joined by the National Park Service, the Washington State Historical Society and the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. After the ceremony, free public tours of the renovated space will be offered.

The ceremony recognizes a renovation of the south porch and 6,500 square feet of interior space in the east wing first floor of the building, which will be available to rent for private events and public programs. The space includes a board/conference room, break-out workshop space, banquet room with catering kitchen and full accessibility.

Original architectural details that were preserved include the open floor plan, white oak tongue-and-groove floors, pressed tin ceiling tiles, interior and exterior columns and steam heat radiators. Period-appropriate reproduction light fixtures were added.  The architect for the historic renovation was Paul Falsetto of Carleton Hart Architecture and the general contractor was Payne Construction.

When the 40,000-square-foot Artillery Barracks opened in 1904, it housed two artillery batteries, or 240 soldiers. The building has most recently served as offices for the Army, but has been vacant since the mid nineties. The West Barracks is owned by the City of Vancouver, with the Fort Vancouver National Trust holding the lease for the buildings.

In addition to the renovation of the Artillery Barracks Building, the Trust has also assumed management of the adjacent Red Cross Building for events and programs. The public may now utilize this facility with a choice of caterer, as is the policy for the Artillery Barracks Building. In addition to the Artillery Barracks Building tour, the public may also tour the Red Cross Building. To rent event space in the Artillery Barracks or Red Cross buildings, call Julie Kummer, the Trust’s event facilities manager, at 360-828-5237.

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