Date: June 28, 2006
Byline: Ellen Manning
Black Horse Inn Receives New Support
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CONTACT: Ellen Manning, 267-241-1411
Flourtown, PA — The Black Horse Inn got a little extra support last Friday as a new steal beam was installed beneath the ridge of the East roof at the rear of the building. The beam was donated, delivered and hoisted into place by Anderson Welding of Oreland. Dick Meyer, chair of the Construction Subcommittee for the Black Horse Inn Advisory Committee (BHIAC), was on hand to oversee the installation.
"With the beam in place we're ready to move forward with resurfacing the South and East roofs," said Meyer. "Once that's done we'll be tight to the elements and the inn will be ready to meet the architects."
Meyer was referring to the architectural firm of Seiler + Drury who were recently contracted by the township to undertake the planning and implementation of the interior phase of the inn's rehabilitation. While there is still work to be done to complete the exterior restoration the architects will begin preparing interior plans that will balance the historic nature of the project with the safety and convenience of current code requirements.
Doug Seiler, the founding principal of Seiler + Drury, was on hand at this week's BHIAC meeting to discuss the project. "We've followed the Black Horse Inn for years and so we're glad to be involved at this point. We're excited about working with such a diverse group of citizens and township staff. Committees and subcommittees are established, the organization has focus and the township gives great stability to the project."
Mike Drury, the other principal at the firm, also spoke highly of the existing organization of volunteers, township appointees and township staff that have been working in concert on the restoration of the inn for more than a year. "The fact that we have non-profit, private entities working with the public entity of Springfield Township makes this project really unique and interesting to us."