The 1836 South Harwich Meetinghouse preservation and restoration began 13 years ago, and the hall has finally entered its new exciting chapter over the St. Patrick's Day weekend.
“These walls are smiling,” someone whispered as the voices of angels filled the sanctuary of the former South Harwich Methodist Church on Saturday. It had been many years since those walls buffered the voices of parishioners. The renewal of voice came in melodic harmony from the Chatham Chorale celebrating the 13-year preservation effort by the Friends of the South Harwich Meetinghouse, Inc.
Coastal Engineering Company is honored to have been a part of this interesting project through providing structural engineering for the foundation replacement and floor augmentation. It was very nice to receive a formal letter form Judith Ford, the President of the Friends of the South Harwich Meetinghouse, Inc.: "We want to thank you so much for your great contribution toward the success of our South Harwich Meetinghouse project! Without all your expertise and guidance, our opening weekend would have never been possible!" It was gratifying to work with the Friends as well, and we are excited for the future of the building, which is will benefit the entire community by hosting cultural, arts, and educational activities. The Grand Opening concert was beautiful!
If you'd like to learn more, this Cape Cod Chronicle article covers the opening weekend, and in this Harwich Channel 18 video Judith Ford and Robbin Kelley talk about the creative process, the contributors, and the upcoming events.