The updates to the Glen Burnie House at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) bring modern technology into the house while preserving its historic integrity. Stealthy engineering and lots of research helped guide Phase I of MSV’s 10-year, $26.2 million Master Plan, which includes restoration and reinterpretation of the historic house and its gardens.
Guided by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, Shockey made changes that included installing a new ADA restroom and lift, updating electrical and mechanical systems, remediating ground water and drainage issues, and creating accessible indoor and outdoor paths. The modernization changed the house museum to a small scale event space, rentable as a venue for parties, lectures, performances and weddings.
Phase II of construction, which began in 2016, includes site work and construction of The Trails at MSV. The project comprises more than three miles of trails for walking, running and biking through fields, woods and wetlands, and The Trails will be open to the public year-round, free of charge.
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