SACKETS HARBOR, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Historic Hall House is missing half of its roof after heavy winds Friday morning.
“The side toward the village is the portion that blew off in two large pieces,” said Connie Barone, site manager at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield, “This is not the time of year when you want to have a roof off a building."
The roof is expected to be patched up by Sunday. Crews were working to make repairs Saturday morning and into the afternoon.
However, the upcoming wet weather is a threat to preserving the artifacts inside the Historic Hall House. “I believe there’s rain in the forecast tomorrow, possibly Monday, Tuesday. So, with the roof wide open like that, you want to keep water out of the building. Water is your worst enemy,” said Chris Flagg, director for the Bureau of Historic Sites.
The hall is home to an exhibit that tells the story of the War of 1812 from a different perspective. “It’s about understanding the War of 1812 through archaeology,” said Barone.
Despite damage to the building, the history it holds has been untouched. It doesn’t appear as though any of the artifacts were damaged when the roof came off. But, that doesn’t mean they’re in the clear just yet.
”Metal objects, the archeaological materials, can be subjected to rust. If, all of the sudden, their surface temperature is really cold, like your ice glass and you get condensation on that, condensation on metal items causes rust,” said Flagg.
Both Flagg and Barone will be monitoring the collection for the next two days.
If the heat isn’t turned on by then, metal objects, electronics, paintings and textiles from the exhibit will be brought across the street to the Lieutenant’s House.