March 26, 2009

Watt & Shand March Update

I'm still at work on #3 in my series of art quilts depicting the transformation of the Watt & Shand building in Lancaster, PA into a hotel and convention center. (If you're new here, you can track back the series by clicking "Watt & Shand" under Labels in the sidebar.) I've got it basted and am working on the quilting, which is going very well. While we await results on that, here's a few pictures of the progress on the actual building. Above, they are installing replica balustrades along the top of the building.
Above and below, they are installing the framework for the canopy over the entrance on King Street.

The building was originally scheduled to be open in late April; they've just pushed that date back about three weeks, into May. Still, they are coming down the home stretch. Below there are materials being loaded in through one of the windows:

More materials were being brought up by a pulley system to workers on a scaffolding at the far left corner of the building. I like the tension in this photo where the worker is leaning into his safety harness:

1 comment:

Susan Brubaker Knapp said...

What a gorgeous building, and how wonderful that they are restoring it, and not tearing it down.