If you’re planning to visit Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park in the coming weeks, you’ll notice some changes. A long-awaited roof replacement project will begin soon. During the project, the roof on the exterior buildings of Sutter’s Fort SHP will be completely replaced. In addition, seismic work will be completed.
Securing the new roof and stabilizing the historic structure makes it possible to invest in new exhibits, artwork and interpretive panels without fear of damage due to intruding water, pests and debris from a failing roof.
Preparing for the project
In preparation for this project, California State Parks has already begun the tedious process of removing and protecting artifacts, exhibits and displays. That means that visitors will see some artifacts and exhibits have been moved or boxed, covered with plastic or otherwise protected in advance of the roof removal.
Friends of Sutter’s Fort has advocated for funding for this project for nearly a decade. The current roof was last replaced in 1980 and is well beyond its lifespan. Visitors are all too familiar with the large tarps that have been placed on sections of the roof as an attempt to prevent additional damage and the grass, weeds and other plants that grow onto and into the wood shake roof.
We will continue to share photos and information about the progress of this important project throughout the summer.