Lewes parks to feature new restroomsVessels, Zwaanendael facilities blend old and new
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.