Wiley Hall repair schedule depends on ‘historic status’

By Matthew Boyle | mboyle@flagler.edu
Photo by Matthew Boyle

PHOTO CAPTION: A.D. Davis workers install temporary wooden beams in place of Wiley Hall’s damaged columns.

The costs and methods of repair for Wiley Hall’s damage depend on two things: whether the building is considered “historical” and whether the damage affected the building’s structure.

This morning, a Flagler College student crashed her car into the Wiley Hall’s decorative columns of the overhanging patio. Nobody was hurt but the accident left the columns shattered.

Building contractor A.D. Davis is installing temporary wooden support beams until the college can start repairs.

Flagler security officer James Virgalla said the beams should be stronger and safer than the columns, which are hollow.

If the building is deemed a “historic structure,” the repair process turns into a “restoration project.”

Virgalla said until officials determine Wiley Hall’s historic status, the college is treating the process as a “restoration project.”

As for structural damage to Wiley Hall, the college doesn’t have an official estimate yet.

Virgalla said the damaged side of the building fell about 2 inches and the other side lifted about a half inch, which may mean more intensive restoration will be needed.

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