Two Steps Forward….
Current visitors to our beloved Clubhouse cannot help but notice the frenzy of ongoing construction activity! Buildout of the 4th and 5th floors for the upcoming Philatelic Foundation shared occupancy is progressing as well as can be expected. As part of the building upgrade, several key systems or areas will receive attention. While not “sexy,” critical roof and exterior wall repairs are in progress along with life-safety system upgrades. Enhanced security and entry control measures have been approved. Information /communication systems upgrades are in the works. A key component includes steel beam reinforcement of the 4th floor. With some flooring removed for construction, we have been able to appreciate the original wood structural elements in all their beauty. While simple, they are subtly elegant yet superbly functional. Due to good design and choice of material they have performed their quiet duty, literally supporting us these past 80 years.
This ongoing renovation work is a natural progression from the discussion and decisions made by Club leadership around 20 years ago. Then Club President Tom Mazza led the investigation into whether we should renovate our existing building, or sell the facility and relocate into either owned or leased space. We as the Board felt then that the Clubhouse was, and it remains today, a key element in the Collectors Club psyche. Without our building, we would be a much different organization. We are, therefore, committed to maintaining our Murray Hill landmarked home and to using our facility in ways that support our function as a library and center for philatelic experience.
To this end we host building tours in conjunction with the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, provide meeting space for various study groups, and offer logistical support for other related activities. We also encourage visits, attendance at our world-class bi-monthly presentations, or (very soon) viewing an enhanced web site to enjoy the “Collectors Club experience.”
Very soon 22 E. 35th Street will be home to the Philatelic Foundation. This is closing the loop in a way, because the Foundation was founded and originally had its offices here in this very building. So decisions and actions taken over many years continue to shape current choices. We today are committed to maintaining our legacy and ensuring its availability into the future.
On a different note, those joining us at ARIPEX (Mesa, Arizona; February 16-18, 2018) are in for special activities. Information will be posted on our website as it becomes available.