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NSHM Restores Court House Jail Cell Window Bars

As part of its restoration of the exterior of Glen Cove’s Justice Court Building, its future home, the North Shore Historical Museum is in the process of replacing the bars on the windows that housed a jail, one of the many uses of this historic building.

Construction Supervisor Mario Gallo, heading the team installing the bars in their original positions, is no stranger to the task. Many years ago Mario’s father was responsible for dismantling the jail and the bars. Forest Iron Works has the original cell door that was removed and is donating it back to the Museum. It will be returned to its original location.   

This historically and architecturally significant building was designed in 1907, and is now a National and State Landmark. It was originally conceived as a court and jail facility for the Town of Oyster Bay, but soon became a City Hall for the new City of Glen Cove. It has served the City in a variety of capacities – City Hall, a court house, a jail, a police station and, in fact, it served as a temporary infirmary during the infamous Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918. Now it will continue its history and serve as a museum housing the artifacts and intriguing history of Long Island’s North Shore.

Brian Mercadante, president of the Museum said, “With the installation of these bars and the new doors arriving soon we will have completed most of Phase 1, the exterior restoration of the building. We have selected an architect, James O’Grady, who is drawing plans for Phase 2, the interior restoration, which we hope to commence shortly.

“It is rarely that an opportunity arises for a community to have such a structure that represents so much of its history. This building not only captures the history of this city, but as a museum will make Glen Cove a wonderful destination for visitors. We want to thank all of the friends, the organizations and the elected officials who have helped us to come this far. But, their continued support is still necessary to bring our efforts to fruition.”

The North Shore Historical Museum has been charted by the NY State Department of Education to collect and exhibit artifacts and archives of Long Island’s North Shore. For membership and further information visit www.northshorehistoricalmuseum.org, or call 759-6970.