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February 01, 2010

Governor Douglas Announces More Than $200,000 in Historic Preservation Grants

Barre, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas today announced more than $200,000 in 19 matching grants to projects for the restoration and preservation of historic buildings across Vermont, including the Vermont History Center in Barre. The grant program, administered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, provides owners of historic buildings with matching funding of up to $15,000 for a variety of capital repairs.

“Preserving Vermont’s historic buildings and structures is an important effort,” Governor Douglas said. “These grants help leverage significant private investment in historical buildings, which serves not only to put people to work but maintains Vermont’s character and enhances our tourism economy.”

At a ceremony at the Vermont History Center in Barre, the Governor presented a check for $12,843 to Vermont Historical Society Executive Director Mark Hudson that will be used to repair the tower roof and flashing at the Center. The Vermont Historical Society acquired the former Spaulding School in Barre in 2000, and renovated it into the Vermont History Center to house the group’s library, collections and administrative offices. Hudson said the funds were an important part of the financing picture for the needed repairs to the Victorian-era brick building, constructed in 1891.

“Partnering with state government made it possible for us to make this investment in preserving the building now, when it can do the most good,” Hudson said. “This not only benefits current residents and visitors, but future generations of Vermonters as well.”

Buildings must be on the National Register of Historic Places or eligible for listing, and grant requests are reviewed by the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, a group of volunteers appointed by the Governor whose members include experts in archeology, history, and architecture.

In making decisions on funding, the Council prioritizes projects based on several criteria, including those most in critical need of repair. This year, there were 42 applications for grants and 19 were awarded totaling $204,353, for projects with a total construction value of $1.9 million. The projects receiving funding are listed below:

TOWN PROJECT COST AWARD

Addison

DAR John Strong Mansion Museum

for repairing sixteen windows, front entry sidelights and deteriorated bricks and mortar.

$65,000

$15,000

Burke

West Burke United Methodist Church

to install a new standing seam metal roof.

$28,765

$14,328

Wallingford

First Congregational Church of Wallingford

for structural stabilization and roofing of the tower and belfry.

$108,623

$15,000

Newbury

Old Village Church

to install a new standing seam metal roof and reinforce the roof structure.

$51,700

$15,000

Rochester

Pierce Hall Community Center, Inc.

for repairing the roof framing and fascia boards.

$633,725

$8,468

Royalton

Royalton Town House

for foundation repair.

$7,500

$3,750

Montgomery

Pratt Hall/Montgomery Historical Society

for structural repairs to sills and joists.

$130,000

$7,500

Brandon

Brandon Free Library

for minor roof repairs and installation of a perimeter drainage system.

$18,000

$9,000

Wells

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

for window rehabilitation.

$78,000

$11,371

Lyndon

York Street Meeting House

for structural repairs to the roof truss system.

$215,000

$15,000

Northfield

United Church of Northfield

for structural repairs to the tower and roof rafters.

$68,500

$10,750

St. Johnsbury

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

for the restoration of four ventilation monitors

and gallery roof.

$103,180

$15,000

Barre

Vermont Historical Society

for repairing the tower roof and flashing.

$124,404

$12,843

Orwell

The First Congregational Church of Orwell

for restoration of two stained glass windows.

$24,000

$12,000

Isle La Motte

Isle La Motte Town Hall

to repair the site drainage, sills, siding, roof, chimney, windows and doors.

$22,750

$11,375

Newfane

The Old Schoolhouse

for repairing sills and joists.

$3,226

$1,500

Richmond

Town Center Building

to repair the front entry portico.

$200,000

$8,468

Thetford

First Congregational Church in Thetford

to install a new standing seam metal roof and flashing.

$20,000

$9,500

Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Community Meeting House

for replacing two supporting beams in the belfry with oak beams.

$17,000

$8,500

Totals

$1,919,373

$204,353

For more information, visit the Division for Historic Preservation site at: www.historicvermont.org.

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: February 01, 2010 16:41:01