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Cupola Weathervane Project

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Antioch Historical Society Museum is proud to announce the addition of a weathervane on its historic cupola.  A cupola is a decorative dome that is found on roofs or ceilings.  When facing the front of the museum, you can see the museum’s cupola on the right side of the grounds when facing the museum. 

In the past, the cupola featured a weathervane; the museum wanted to recreate the weathervane so that the cupola would be restored to its historic glory. Luckily, the museum found a person that would help them.  Marc Douville from “The Metal Wright’s Shop” offered to recreate a weathervane for the cupola.  The new weathervane was unveiled on February 15th.  Dwayne Eubanks, Antioch Historical Society President said, “I am extremely excited to do this restoration to the cupola.  This is a very historic piece of Antioch’s history.”

The cupola’s history started in 1931 when it was featured as an architectural detail of the new high school on D Street.  A Mayflower weathervane was featured at the time.  This building eventually turned into Antioch Middle School.  In 1965, the original building had earthquake damage and the cupola was moved to a multi-purpose building until it was transferred to the Antioch Historical Society Museum in 2006.