COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Cohoes Library is one of the city’s most historic buildings. Officials say that three damaged sections need to be restored right away, including the old bell tower.
“Unfortunately, in late June, we were aware that a portion of the façade on the library wall was beginning to fall, and it fell to the sidewalk,” said Theresa Bourgeois, Cohoes Director of Operations. “The mortar has outlived its life,” explained Bourgeois. “Water seeps in the holes and it causes the damage. It causes the big stones that you see laying on the ground. It causes them to fall off.”
Built in 1895, the library was originally a church. Some of those original blue stones that fell will be used in the emergency work, which is expected to total around $97,000 dollars.
Based on the availability of materials, it will likely take a couple of months for crews to complete renovations and repairs. Meanwhile, the library is temporarily being moved to the Cohoes Senior Center and will be open to the public starting Monday. Only a portion of books will be available for people to browse on a shelf. Instead, a majority of the browsing will be taking place online.
“Our library staff will be able to work with our library patrons to identify what books, DVD’s, and things that they want, and we can order them online and they will be delivered to the senior center for our patrons to come in and pick up those items,” Bourgeois said.
While the three most damaged areas of the building will be addressed first, the city plans to restore the rest of this historic building in the future.