At the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee meeting last night, Douglas Brown of BDVW Architects from Providence presented his analysis of the potential for using the Lee Chapel and the adjoining Infirmary building as a cultural arts center. Mr. Brown indicated that those two buildings were in good condition. His plan has them being connected by a glass addition, which would become the entry way and also house the rest rooms. The written report is available via the link that follows.
An earlier economic analysis found that such a proposal was generally close to being economically self-sustaining. Also, most of the construction costs appeared to be covered by selling the naming rights and fund raising.
One of the most intriguing suggestions was to have the new arts/cultural center be melded into and run as part of the Medfield Park & Recreation Commission, so that the town would have a Parks, Recreation, and Arts Commission. The Medfield Park & Recreation Commission members present last night wanted to get the results of their new building feasibility study this June before they consider any such change.