The Carlson Fishery is central to Fishtown’s experience and purpose. Since the original core of the shanty was built in 1926, the building has been in continuous use for commercial fishing. Through the decades since, the building has been expanded, rearranged and repaired, always with the urgent short-term need to keep the fishery operating. The accumulation of these changes, as well as the damages that always come with time, have caught up with us.
We need not only to make repairs but to remedy the unintended consequences of the fishery’s years, while retaining the overall character of the structure. We plan to tear down and replace the ice room, brine room and knife room; to replace rotted windows and siding; to reconfigure the rooflines; and to make the foundation more solid beneath the building—all while complying with modern food handling regulations. We’ll have to be creative to meet the needs of the fishery business while remaining in harmony with the essence of what people have known and loved in Fishtown. An active fishery is essential to Fishtown remaining a working waterfront, and Fishtown’s central identity and purpose is as a working waterfront.
Our Carlson Fishery project will include a complete rebuilding of past additions to the original shanty, from the foundations to the roof, shoring up the foundations to the historic core of the river side of the shanty, and the expenses associated with contractors, architects, and, since we confine work to the quieter (that is, colder!) seasons, working through the winter months. We will begin after we have secured the estimated $200-225,000 cost.
Donors to this project will receive permanent recognition at the most fitting location: inside the Carlson Fishery building itself. The fishery’s interior walls are stainless steel, and if you contribute $1,000 or more we would like to etch your name into stainless steel panels mounted permanently inside the fishery. In keeping with the spirit of a long-time workplace, we’ll recognize your contributions at the following levels:
Net Slugger $1,000-2,499
Captain $10,000 and aboveGive Now