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Historic Justices’ Court Building to Be Restored

North Shore Historical Museum Receives $150,000 Grant

The North Shore Historical Museum has been informed by The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation that its application for funding from the Environmental Protection Fund has been approved.

The $150,000 grant must be matched by the museum and will be used for interior restoration of the historic Justices’ Court building in Glen Cove, the new home of the museum.

This is the second grant awarded by the state for the purpose of restoring this historic building to its original state and for use as the museum. The first grant of $105,800, awarded in 2001, was approved for the replacement of the tile roof and replacement and restoration of windows and doors. The roof has been replaced and the replacement of windows and doors is now nearing completion. The matching share of the original grant was provided by donations garnered through museum fundraisers as well as additional grants from the Glen Cove Community Development Agency (CDA).

The new grant will be used to remove inappropriate partitions and additions constructed over the years and restore the beautiful courtroom (seen in the movie North by Northwest). When completed the first floor of the building will showcase the courtroom as a site for lectures and displays featuring the history of the North Shore of Long Island. In addition, there will be an enhanced entry with space for a reception area and gift shop. The rear of the building will provide a museum office as well as more display area.

Museum President Brian Mercadante, in expressing delight of the grant, said, “We owe this recognition and vote of confidence by the state to the dedicated support of our board of trustees and the generosity of our members, contributors and supporting agencies. On behalf of the board, I want to express our appreciation to our Grants Management Team consisting of Rhoda and Arthur Finer, Vice President Georgie Connett and Treasurer Jane Sorenson”. Mr. Mercadante added, “Our thanks also go to our architectural consultant and construction manager, James O’Grady. We now look to the general public and businesses to renew their efforts to help us accumulate the matching funds necessary to complete our task”.

Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi, who also serves as CDA chair, said, “The CDA and this office have been constant supporters of the museum and we view the restoration of the Justices’ Court building as a vital part of our downtown renewal program. I look forward to the day when the museum can open its doors to our residents, school children and visitors.”

The North Shore Historical Museum has been chartered by the New York State Department of Education to collect and exhibit artifacts and archives of Long Island’s North Shore. For further information call 759-6970 or visit Tax-deductible contributions may be mailed to the Museum at PO Box 217, Glen Cove, NY 11542.