The City of Gloucester today announced the display of the historic bronze doors from the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge at the Cape Ann Museum through November 6th. The exhibit will allow residents and the public a rare opportunity to view the sculpted “Scenes of Gloucester” art, which adorn the bridge that connects Cape Ann to the mainland.
“I’m thankful that the creative initiative shown by City employees, along with the enthusiastic participation of Cape Ann Museum and open support of MassDOT will allow residents to see these beautiful artifacts,” said Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. “Best of all, this cultural opportunity comes with no cost to the City.”
Abram Piatt Andrew, Jr. was a Gloucester resident and renowned economist who served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, founder and director of the American Ambulance Field Service during World War I, and as a congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The doors, which weigh approximately 400 pounds apiece, are being refurbished as part of MassDOT’s Bridge Preservation Project at the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge. The bronze doors, which are located in each of the four granite-faced pylons above the bridge’s deck, were created by John Francis Paramino, a prolific Boston sculptor best known for works located on Boston Common, inside the Massachusetts State House and other public spaces across the Commonwealth, including a memorial of famed General Marquis de Lafayette’s visit to Boston and Bunker Hill and the “Declaration of Independence Plaque” which was unveiled on the 150th anniversary of the Revolutionary War.
The project was made possible by Jeffrey Shrimpton, a Senior Historic Resources Specialist with MassDOT; Cape Ann Museum Director Ronda Faloon and Curator Martha Oaks; The Gloucester Historical Commission; The Gloucester Committee for the Arts; and Matthew Coogan, Senior Planner with the City’s Community Development Department.
The doors will be installed in the Museum’s newly renovated Central Gallery. To celebrate their arrival, the Museum will offer free admission to Cape Ann residents all day on Saturday, April 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free passes to the Museum are also available year-round at the Sawyer Free Library.
Following conclusion of the exhibit, the doors will be reinstalled on the bridge.