In July, concrete was poured into the walls of the upper platform along with the addition of structural steel. The electrical underground conduit continued being laid and concrete work was completed at the upper monument.
"We are making a long-lasting improvement to the Monument grounds that will benefit all who visit in the years to come," said K. David Weidner, the museum’s executive director.
Called the “Bradford Access Project,” the elevator will start near the Bas Relief off Bradford Street and run up the hill to the foot of the monument. The project will extend PMPM’s front door down to Bradford Street and create ADA access to the base of the Pilgrim Monument.
“The Bradford Access Project will create deep connections,” Weidner said. “It represents some of the key ideals and values that have proudly become synonymous with Provincetown: All are welcome. Everyone is included.”
The project is better known in town as the funicular, which, although more fun to say, isn’t technically correct, Weidner said. The elevator uses a cab on a cable system to shepherd a handful of people up and down the hill. A funicular has a conductor to operate the trips.
The elevator will be automated, much like a regular elevator, only this one will be outside. The ride up the hill will take about two minutes and offer views over the town.
“The inclined elevator will improve physical access from PMPM to Bradford Street and Commercial Street,” the museum wrote on its website. “It will provide a safe and simple way to get to the streets that will connect visitors with the shops, restaurants, wharf areas, Town Hall and other important landmarks in Provincetown.”
Photo credit: Bill Larned, Air Visionary