SENECA FALLS — Demolition of former Seneca Knitting Mill structures on both sides of the limestone building that will be the new home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Crews from Sessler Wrecking and Excavating in Waterloo will be at the scene to demolish remaining brick walls on the west side of the limestone building, with a goal of keeping the smokestack intact to incorporate it into the new Hall of Fame design.
A former brick office building on the east side of the limestone structure is also targeted for demolition and removal.
That area will be redeveloped into parking. The area west of the limestone building will be a courtyard visitors area.
Meanwhile, work continues on the three-story limestone building exterior.
The transformation of the 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill, an historic building on the south shore of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, will create a permanent home for the Hall of Fame and be a state-of-the-art Center for Great Women.
The Center will enable national and international visitors, scholars, tourists and the community to discover and be inspired by a rich heritage centered around great women.
The adaptive rehabilitation of the mill will also observe the historic structure and honor the laborers, primarily women, who worked in the mill until its closure in 1999.
Rehabilitation of the mill began in 2014 with a new roof, 105 new windows, replacement of all lintels and sills, removal of lead paint and repointing of all mortar joints.
The goal is to have the first floor open in the first quarter of 2018.
The Hall of Fame is out of space at its original and current location at 76 Fall St.
Hall of Game officials are ramping up fundraising efforts to complete the first floor, where the 276 American women inductees will be honored, including 10 to be inducted in ceremonies planned for Sept. 15-17 at the New York Chiropractic College.
The new class of inductees includes Matilda Cuomo, Dr. Janet Rowley, Carol Mutter, Aime Mullins, Clare Booth Luce, Sherry Lansing, Victoria Jackson, Lorraine Hansberry and Dr. Temple Grandin.
Seneca Falls is the site of the Hall of Fame and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park because it is the Birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement. The first women’s rights convention was conducted here in July 1848.