VFW hall starts work on Patriots Plaza

The new entrance to the VFW Hall. - Frank Sorba / Special to the Reporter
The new entrance to the VFW Hall.
— image credit: Frank Sorba / Special to the Reporter

The Island’s VFW Hall, the Keewaydin Clubhouse, is undergoing a facelift complete with a new open-air plaza and a freedom stone commemorating veterans passed.

The plaza, comprised of bricks selling for $135 a piece, each bearing the name of a family member or fallen colleague, raised money for improvements to the hall. In May, the 370 bricks will be set, forming a half circle with new bronze flag poles.

VFW Commander Frank Sorba said the proceeds will make the hall a more attractive destination for rentals and community activities.

“We hope to continue the restoration and renovation work we have thus far been able to accomplish on the exterior of the building, to the inside of the building,” said Sorba.

He has made a special effort to revive the VFW Hall, which is typically only used by the chapter once a month for its meetings. Last spring the crew of “Deadliest Catch” filmed on site.

We Seeks Design Associates, a Mercer Island-based company specializing  in historic building renovation and restoration, is working with VFW to develop its interior renovation plans, so as to ensure that any work is in keeping with the 1920s era.




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