Parking off limits below Maritime and Heritage Museum
Provided by Diane Disse, LC Historical Society
Exterior renovations currently are underway to the rectangular structure that juts out from the Lincoln County Historical Society’s Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center on Newport’s Bayfront. While this work is going on, the parking lot across from Port Dock 5, just below the Center, will be closed.
The lot has been owned by the Historical Society since 2004 and leased to the Port of Newport for $1 annually for use by fishermen. After the exterior work is completed, about Oct. 20, the lot again will be available to fishermen. After the Center opens to the public and visitation grows, the lot will be reserved for Center visitors.
The Historical Society’s board of directors voted to keep the structure after much deliberation and study. “Long neglected, the structure required action before nature reclaimed it,” Bud Shoemake, board member, said. The structure was built in the 1980s and used as a dining room with a dance floor that sometimes doubled as a stage.
This addition sticks out from the main building and is considered unattractive by many. However, this room has an unmatched panoramic view of the fishing fleet and Yaquina Bay. To improve its appearance, the structure’s edges will be softened. Contractors will cut off 8 feet of each corner. The altered structure will reflect the many bay windows of the main building. “When fully completed, it is going to be a spectacular theater and event venue with the Oregon Coast’s grandest patio,” Shoemake added. The roof will be designed to become a patio open to visitors to the museum.
At this point the renovations are only to the shell of the structure. Interior renovations will come later as funding permits. Upgrades to the structure include installing new windows, a new roof, railings, and an interior metal support framework and pilings to stabilize the structure. Needed structural upgrades and seismic stabilization work also will be completed. Work on the project is being done entirely by local contractors. Quade Construction will be doing most of the work on the theater component of this project.