Letter: Clarifying Remarks Regarding New Canaan Library

We write this letter to clarify remarks made at the joint Town Council and Board of Finance Meeting on February 26 during which the public commented on the proposed capital expenditure for the new New Canaan Library. Governors on the Board at the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society spoke out against the proposed demolition of the existing library. As part of these remarks, a letter from the former executive director of our Society was read. These presentations resulted in confusion. 

As is the case with many individuals in New Canaan, we all are engaged in many ways in what goes on in this town. We work and volunteer in different capacities—on town commissions or councils, on nonprofit boards, on advocacy groups.

Public Buildings InfoSheet: Gores Pavilion

[Editor’s Note: The following has been prepared in advance of the “Forum on Public Buildings,” to be held 6:30 to 9 p.m. on April 26 at Town Hall (questions for panelists can be submitted here). Most of the information in the bullet points below is drawn from the Town Building Evaluation & Use Committee report.]

Built: 1960 (architect Landis Gores)
Square footage: 1000 s.f.
Current uses: Art and architecture gallery, operated by New Canaan Historical Society
Committee recommendations: Renovation and maintenance remain the responsibility of the Historical Society, as per 2007 agreement. Written by Nancy Geary:

The building is listed on the CT Register of Historic Places and is itself a museum. Volunteers and staff from the New Canaan Historical Society serve as docents and it is open from May-November, Friday-Sunday 11 am-3 pm or by appointment. Hundreds of visitors come every year.