DANVERS, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Students at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School are getting firsthand experience working in commercial construction with the Larkin Cottage Rebuilding Project.
The Catherine Larkin Memorial Practice Cottage is the second-oldest building still standing on the Danvers campus, and was primarily used as a practice cottage for the Essex Agricultural Homemaking School for years. After students are done with the renovations, Larkin Cottage will be used as a multi-use facility with museum, kitchen, and office space to name a few features.
WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe was there to see what students are working with.
"It really is all a challenge and that's why I like it so much— I've been building ever since I was a little kid, so this is a dream come true for me," said junior James Burke.
Carpentry Instructor Brian Borders says this is the first time a lot of the students are working on a commercial building project.
"These students have never worked on something this scope before, so they're getting their sea legs up on the roof, up on staging with harnesses, working in a real world atmosphere for the very first time— most of them," Borders said.
The Larkin Cottage, named after alumni Catherine Larkin, who did not return from her deployment in World War II, was meant to shed light on her story and pay tribute to a local hero.
WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.