State military museum in Saratoga Springs to close for four months to replace roof

The New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs.

The New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs.

SARATOGA SPRINGS The New York State Military Museum will shut down to the public for four months at the end of Saturday in order to replace the building’s roof.

The museum and the New York Army National Guard, which is located in the building, will continue to be staffed, according to a news release from the state Division of Military & Naval Affairs.

The $2 million project is being federally funded, with Schenectady-based company Mid-State Industries doing the work, said Eric Durr, the public affairs director of the Division of Military and Naval Affairs.

The museum is housed in the Saratoga Springs Armory at 61 Lake Ave. The armory was built between 1889 and 1891 to house the state National Guard 22nd Infantry Regiment, according to a press release. It was expanded in 1906, with the museum added in 2002.

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Durr said because the building is 131 years old and is listed as a historic building the construction had to be reviewed by the state Historic Preservation Office. 

“One of the reasons the roof will be redone in slate is because it is aesthetically pleasing and historically accurate and approved by SHPO [state Historic Preservation Office].

Work done to the roof includes reinforcing the trusses and roof supports. Durr said the new roof will also have EPDM, “an extremely durable synthetic rubber roofing membrane used on flat roofs.”

The museum houses six permanent exhibits, including one titled “Empire for Union: New York and the Civil War.”

An exhibit on the global war on terrorism is currently under development, according to the release. 

The museum also preserves over 28,000 artifacts, including the largest collection of Civil War battle flags, according to a release.

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