Historical society donation helps to solidify ailing Old City Hall brick wall

PORT TOWNSEND — Looking forward to reopen a history museum in the Old City Hall early next year, the Jefferson County Historical Society added $35,000 to the 114-year-old building’s renovation fund Friday.

The city’s ambitious $5.4 renovation and earthquake retrofit project began in January to preserve a neglected historic structure that houses the Jefferson County Museum along with an office space for the historical society and city administration.

The project also adds an 11,700-square-foot annex building, providing more office space while helping to support the old building in case of an earthquake.

Historical society members presented the check to City Councilwoman Michelle Sandoval on Friday.

The funds are part of a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, awarded to the Jefferson County Historical Society for the renovation project.

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