The two stone walls at the Iroquois Complex are being replaced.
The walls were originally built as part of an estate constructed by a member of the Clark family in the first half of the 20th century. The two original buildings that were behind the walls are now gone, and the walls now border the Iroquois Complex on Susquehanna Avenue, which includes a garage, a greenhouse and a warehouse. The complex is located across from the Clark Sports Center.
Both the walls and the complex are owned by the Clark Foundation. The Clark Foundation, along with the Leatherstocking Corporation, monitors the condition of all the structures owned by the Clark Foundation.
“We have a process of continually monitoring all the structures,” said Joe Middleton, Senior Vice President of the Leatherstocking Corporation.
It was because of this monitoring that the condition of the two walls was discovered not to be sound.
“The condition was worse than what we originally determined,” said Middleton.
Middleton said that the walls had been repaired twice before, but that the latest inspection showed that they needed to be replaced.
“It wasn’t difficult at all,” said Middleton, on the decision to replace the walls as opposed to repairing them again, saying it was a matter of structural integrity.
Work on the new walls began this winter, and is being supervised by the Leatherstocking Corporation.
“We wanted that wall to have a uniform and historically correct appearance by induction (weekend),” said Middleton, on why construction was started in the winter.
While Middleton said that the goal of the project is to have most of the construction finished by induction weekend at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which will take place this year from July 25 to 28, he noted that some detail work might continue after that date.