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Lewes parks to feature new restrooms

Vessels, Zwaanendael facilities blend old and new
By Henry J. Evans Jr. | Dec 05, 2013
Courtesy of: Davis Bowen & Friedel New identical restrooms will be constructed in Lewes' Mary Vessels Park and Zwaanendael Park. The exterior design borrows architectural elements from the 1730s; plumbing fixtures inside will operate hands-free.

Lewes — Two new restroom buildings will replace facilities in Lewes’ Mary Vessels and Zwaanendael parks. The existing buildings will be demolished.

“They're going to be in harmony with the historic elements of the city, and in context with where they are,” said Dan Ridgley, an architect with Davis Bowen & Friedel at Lewes Mayor and City Council’s Nov. 18 meeting.

Ridgley said the Fisher-Martin House’s architectural style was used as the model for the buildings that will be identical.

Built around 1730, the Fisher-Martin House was moved in 1980 from its original location near Cool Spring and placed in Zwaanendael Park where it serves as the Lewes Chamber of Commerce office.

The new restrooms will feature cedar siding and roofs, composite doorframes, cornice details, cupolas concealing plumbing vents, and frost-protected drinking fountains.

Ridgley said interior features include heat and hot water, hands-free plumbing fixtures, and changing stations for babies.

A new brick walkway will tie in with an existing walkway in Zwaanendael Park. The project is slated to go out for bids before the end of the year.


(Photo by: Davis Bowen & Friedel)
This restroom in Mary Vessels Park will be demolished to make way for a new facility featuring upgrades such as hands-free plumbing fixtures. An identical building will also replace Zwaanendael Park's facility. (Photo by: Henry J. Evans Jr.)
This restroom building in Zwaanendael Park is slated for demolition and will be replaced with a new structure. The new building design borrows elements form the nearby Fisher-Martin House.An identical building will also replace the restroom building in Mary Vessels Park. (Photo by: Henry J. Evans Jr.)
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