Visitors and those passing by the Beaches Museum may notice some activity around the iconic 1911 steam locomotive. Brought to the Pablo Historical Park in 1982, the locomotive was exposed to the harsh effects of the salt air until 1995 when it was refurbished and protected by the glass enclosure building.
Since that time, the building has been largely neglected due to the maintenance needs of the historic buildings in the park. Now, thanks to the leadership of the Museum’s Board of Directors and the assistance of outgoing Councilman Bill Gulliford, the Museum has partnered with the City of Jacksonville to refurbish the building.
“The Beaches Museum has become a valued treasure of the Beaches community keeping our history and memories vivid and alive. I am so very proud and honored to be a small part of its community wide efforts” said Gulliford.
Repairs, led by RG White Construction, Romano Brothers Roofing and McIntyre Stucco & Painting, will include a new roof, re-setting of windows and painting of steel beams. Designed to increase the life of and accessibility to the building, the Beaches Museum will match the City’s contribution to the project.
“The locomotive is a destination for visitors of all ages and the building is very visible from Beach Boulevard” says Chris Hoffman, Executive Director of the Beaches Museum. “We are grateful to all who are making these improvements possible so that the building can better reflect all of the great things we have going on in the Museum and the community.”