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|Thank you to everyone and ALL who made the end-of-the-year appeal a success. Your contributions, along with the mild autumn, allowed for the much needed reconstruction to be completed by December. This is not only a testament to Victor D’Amico’s “belief that the arts are a humanizing force that can enrich one’s life”…it is also a testament of a belief in The Barge, from all the individuals who donated to help keep the Barge afloat. Or in this case…decked!|
|Architecturally, the Barge is really two buildings. The main WW1 Navy Barge super structure is one. This houses the main Painting Studio, the Gallery/office, the east deck 3-D studio and the west Galley and amenities. The Upper Deck Studio is totally another building cantilevered over the original Barge structure. in 1963, designed by Victor as an outside 2nd floor painting deck. The reality of standing outside on a platform 120 ft long by 45 feet wide, in the wind off Napeague Harbor, proved to be …not the best idea! Only through the financial generosity of one of victor’s painting students, Joseph Revson, did the decking get built upon into the Library and studio space that we work in today. The problem 50 years later lie in the fact that the 45foot long joists that ran south to north and under the rooms, acted as capillary for water to work its way under the structure.|
|Major support beams, along with joists and decking, had rotted through. The solution was to “cut” the outside deck from the building and build new. With reliable recommendations and gifted workers …no job was too large or difficult. A challenge, yes! The work commenced for 6 weeks steady until the major task of replacing hundreds of square footage of beams, planks, decking and sheathing, until reconstruction was finished. There is still the finish work, gutters, security fencing and 500 hundred feet of new bulkhead roping to be installed and completed…spring work.|
A vessel like the Barge building, situated on the waterside, always has and will have maintenance conditions due to the weather. This time however, age took its toll, but only to be corrected for another 50years.