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Schmucker Hall Renovation Project


This project is the first phase of the rehabilitation of Schmucker Hall. This important Civil War era building is located on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary Gettysburg (LTSG) at the site of the first day of battle in the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.  The project will be contracted by the Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation (SRHPF).  SRHPF is a
non-profit, 501(c3) foundation, incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania.  The mission of SRHPF is the preservation of the legacy of Seminary Ridge.  Although conducted under the auspices of SRHPF, it is a major project being undertaken in conjunction with LTSG, the Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) and the Gettysburg community.

Schmucker Hall, built in 1832, contains 16,000 square feet of floor space and is nationally significant through its role in the American Civil War.  Its location on Seminary Ridge was the site of the first day of the battle of Gettysburg and it served as a hospital throughout the three day battle.  The cupola atop the building provided Civil War generals an observation vantage for viewing the approach of the Confederate troops from the West and is today an icon for American Civil War enthusiasts and scholars.  Additionally, it served as dormitory, administration offices, and classrooms for the first Lutheran Seminary in the United States.  The significance of Schmucker Hall has been recognized through its inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The exterior of the building will be rehabilitated to reflect its appearance at the time of the Civil War with any significant modifications through the years considered for restoration.  The interior will be rehabilitated to retain the original architecture of the building while allowing for increased utilization as a museum and/or for other adaptive uses.  The cupola will be restored for limited public access.

Rehabilitation of the structure will necessitate a state-of-the-art environmental system, security system, fire suppression system, handicapped access, elevator, staff and public restrooms, and electrical and mechanical systems.  Alternative uses of the building will be explored and presented for evaluation and selection of the ultimate use of the building.

The project will be divided into two phases.  Phase I: Planning, will include documentation, using measured drawings and archival photographs of current conditions, a thorough Historical Structures Report (HSR), and Preliminary Design. It will record the current condition of the building, including a condition assessment of all architectural, structural and engineering systems, and provide a baseline for all preservation and rehabilitation decisions to follow.

Phase II: Design and Construction will consist of design, construction documents, cost estimate, bidding and construction.  This Scope of Work covers only Phase I.


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