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Middleborough Town Hall  Middleborough, MA

The 1873 town hall in Middleborough has been described as “a rare surviving example of the monumental public buildings of the late 19th century.” This imposing Classical Revival structure has a dramatically enlongated cupola with an octagonal, cone-shaped dome topped by a miniature version of itself.

The 13 foot upper cupola, which began to tilt early in 2011, was determined to be unstable and a threat to public safety. With the assistance of an emergency grant from the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund, the town engaged our firm to perform structural repairs and woodwork restoration for the upper cupola.

 

Once the upper cupola was removed it became clear that the roof framing was insufficient to carry the load of the 60 foot structure. We worked closely with Structures North Consulting Engineers to develop a system of reinforcement that would not require extensive reconstruction. Computer modelling guided the construction crew in executing the repairs and the cupola was returned to its rightful place.