Proposed Boathouse Plans Unveiled
At a recent meeting of the Town Council, Mitch Hager presented architectural design plans for the proposed Easton Point Boathouse at the Evergreen site. Hager was first approached by a group from Evergreen, to help in the redevelopment after seeing his other project on the Tred Avon.
After months of meetings, which included examining the Port Street Master Plan and discussions on the mission and vision for Evergreen, the concept Hager created incorporated a fully functional cultural center with a boathouse on the ground floor, and event space and demonstration kitchen suitable for various programs on the second floor. The boathouse is also designed to support large regatta events with plenty of room and racks for crew boats, a welcome benefit for both the Freedom Rowers and the Eastern Shore Community Rowers.
The state-of-the-art building will include the three principles used by Hager in all of his designs: (1) Place/Site—the seasonal path of sun, the use of indigenous plants, geological conditions, etc. (2) Craft –the innovative use of materials, and (3) Tectonic Culture—artistic expression of the materials to be used. As such, the building will be in a park-like setting, naturally lit, geothermally heated and cooled, self-sustaining and offer a clear view of the Tred Avon River.