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Coupeville Wharf to receive facelift from Trust Board of Ebey's Landing Field School

John Ballay from Coupeville strolls down the pier from the Wharf Tuesday morning. The historic Coupeville Wharf will be spruced up in 2013 as part of the Field School organized by the Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing.  - Elisabeth Murray/Whidbey News-Times
John Ballay from Coupeville strolls down the pier from the Wharf Tuesday morning. The historic Coupeville Wharf will be spruced up in 2013 as part of the Field School organized by the Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing.
— image credit: Elisabeth Murray/Whidbey News-Times

Thanks to the help of a prominent volunteer program, the Coupeville Wharf building will get a facelift next year.

The building at the end of the pier in downtown Coupeville will be the focal point of the Field School that is organized by the Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing.

Volunteers will learn various aspects of preserving historic structures when they replace the siding and windows on the south side of the longstanding building at the end of the pier in downtown Coupeville.

Anne Kidd, historical architect for Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing, said the goal was to choose a building that needs help and is located in a central area visible to the public.

The work, which will begin in July 2013, entails rehabilitating the windows and replacing siding on the south side that faces downtown Coupeville.

The Field School has been sprucing up historic structures throughout Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve for years. This year’s project took place at the Engle Carriage House. Volunteers last year completed improvements to a water tower at Salmagundi Farms and installed a new porch at the Ebey’s Landing ferry house. Prior to that, volunteers made improvements to the Alexander Blockhouse and a barn at the Boyer Farm.

Kidd said the Field School provides the technical support, coordination of volunteers and the supervision of the site during the rehabilitation project.

The Port of Coupeville in 2011, received a $7,000 grant from the Ebey’s Forever Fund for the renovation work at the Coupeville Wharf building.

Kidd said she’ll attend Wednesday’s Port of Coupeville meeting held at the Coupeville Public Library to discuss the 2013 project.

 

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