Construction of Cleo Redd Fisher Museum completed in 1973

The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum was completed in 1973.

In 1972 the Mohican Historical Society revealed plans for the construction of a historical museum in Loudonville.

The proposal consisted of a two-story brick building, 48x60 foot, in the Greek Revival style of the 1830s. The plans included two major exhibit areas, a large meeting room, a kitchen, rest rooms, a large workroom (all of which was to be air conditioned and humidity controlled). The remaining space in the lot was expected to park 20 vehicles, in addition to the garage which would serve as a workspace.

In August of 1972, a contract was signed with Krieger and Starker, Inc. to construct the edifice at a cost of $88,674, and ground was broken that same month. Construction was completed one year later on Aug. 26, 1973 and was celebrated with an open house attended by 500 people -- but the exhibits were not yet installed.

After the open house, work began on filling the museum. 10 months later, on June 16, 1974, the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum was opened to the public -- this time with 400 people in attendance.

The finished building stuck largely to the original plans and budget, although the workroom was cut from the proposal and the parking lot only held a fraction of the estimated cars.

Today, the museum still operates in nearly the same capacity, although exhibits have changed, the garage is now storage, and improvements to the climate control capabilities have been enhanced.

More information on the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum can be found at this link.

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