Hyde announces temporary closures for building renovations
The Hyde Collection announces that Hyde House will be closed from March 1 through May 23 for roof replacement and balustrade repair on the historic house. The Charles R. Wood and Hoopes Galleries will remain open through March 28 so that visitors may view the current exhibitions – An Enduring Legacy: American Impressionist Landscape Paintings from the Thomas Clark Collection and Divided by a Common language? British and American Works from the Murray Collection. The entire Museum complex will be closed to visitors from March 29 through April 10, 2010 as gallery shows are deinstalled and the Nineteenth Annual Regional Juried High School Art Exhibition is prepared.
As part of necessary repairs to Hyde House, built in 1912, the Museum will be replacing the roof and renovating the decorative balustrade that surrounds it. According to Executive Director David Setford, the roof’s condition had reached a point where replacement was imperative and necessitated closing the historic house in order to avoid potential safety problems, as well as potential damage to the house and the collection, while the work is being conducted.
During the same period, the Museum will be installing a new exhibition - Nineteenth Annual Regional Juried High School Art Exhibition - in the Charles R. Wood Gallery. The juried show will open Sunday, April 11, 2010 during normal Sunday hours from noon to 5 pm.
“Hyde House is the centerpiece of the Museum that draws upwards to 30,000 visitors to Glens Falls each year,” said Setford. “While there is never a good time to completely close a museum, our staff has worked very hard with the contractors to keep the downtime at a minimum while ensuring that we safeguard the facility that houses some of the finest artwork in the northeast. We, of course, wish that we could have scheduled the closure during the winter months but that wasn’t feasible.”
Updates will be posted on the website throughout the period to ensure that potential visitors have details on the closure and planned re-opening dates.