The wood-frame building is about 60 years old. It was run by Farley’s Boat Works from the 1950s to about 1970.
At press time, the Port Aransas Preservation and Historical Association (PAPHA), which owns the building, was planning to start moving exhibits into the building next week, according to Rick Pratt, director of the Port Aransas Museum, which is run by PAPHA. The organization is set to open the building to the public this spring, but no specific date has been decided yet.
Operations at the building will include actual boat building, and the public will be allowed to take part, Pratt said.
The restoration work was done by Frank Massey Enterprises of Port Aransas. Pratt stands inside the mostly-restored building on Wednesday, Dec. 28; Steve Mayes walks along the building’s exterior; the building is a hotbed of activity on a day in the the late 1960s or early ‘70s, when the business was still in operation; and Mayes applies some caulk to a window frame installed during the restoration process.