Water damage affects two Gloucester non-profits

by Kim Robins - Posted on May 02, 2012 - 03:21 PM

Photo: With the soaked carpet removed, dehumidifiers were doing the work this week to dry out the exhibit hall at the Rosewell Visitor Center. The center is closed while recovery from a plumbing problem continues. Photo by Kim Robins

With the soaked carpet removed, dehumidifiers were doing the work this week to dry out the exhibit hall at the Rosewell Visitor Center. The center is closed while recovery from a plumbing problem continues. Photo by Kim Robins

Photo: Thane Harpole, co-director of the Fairfield Foundation, was still at work this week packing up artifacts and records for removal from the flooded archaeology lab at the Rosewell Visitor Center. Photo by Kim Robins

Thane Harpole, co-director of the Fairfield Foundation, was still at work this week packing up artifacts and records for removal from the flooded archaeology lab at the Rosewell Visitor Center. Photo by Kim Robins

Two Gloucester non-profit organizations are working to recover from water damage that closed the Rosewell Visitor Center and threatened both Rosewell Foundation and Fairfield Foundation artifacts.

The ruins of the colonial-era Rosewell mansion were set to open to the public for the season on April 21. That morning, Rosewell Visitor Center office manager Wendy Gay arrived at work to find standing water on the first floor of the building.

Sandy Pait, chairman of the Rosewell Foundation Board of Directors, said a plumbing problem in a restroom led to the flooding. This week, dehumidifiers and fans continued to dry out the building as representatives from Rosewell and Fairfield worked to clear out the first floor for the recovery work.

"It looks like the insurance company will cover everything, more or less," Pait reported this week. She said the Rosewell board hopes to have a small, temporary trailer on the site by Friday so that Rosewell can open for visitors, possibly as early as this weekend. She said it will be four to six weeks before the Visitor Center will reopen to the public.