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Work Begins on Seward House Renovations


Renovation work has officially begun at one Auburn museum.

A groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday kicked off work on the carriage house and barn at the Seward House.

Director of Operations Mitch Maniccia spoke at the event

“This is the first step, the first step of many on a new great chapter of the Seward House Museum,” Maniccia said.

Assemblyman John Lemondes was also in attendance. He remarked on how the museum showcases Auburn’s important role in shaping the nation’s history.

“[The museum] illustrates the history of Auburn, not just locally but how important Auburn is nationally,” Lemondes said. “Not enough people understand that. This is a treasure.”

Maniccia had previously spoken to Finger Lakes News Radio about the specifics of the renovation project. He said that, when complete the buildings will serve various purposes including a carriage display, staff offices, multi-use space, storage, and a maintenance shop.

The work is being done by contractor LeChase Construction Services and architect Jack Alvarez of Landmark Consulting. The project consists of interior and exterior work on the structures as well as landscaping.

Work is expected to be completed in late summer or early fall of next year.

The barn and carriage house undergoing renovations at the Seward House Museum (Ed Vivenzio, Finger Lakes News Radio)
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