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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:



DAR John Strong Mansion Museum

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




West Burke United Methodist Church

to install a new standing seam metal roof.




First Congregational Church of Wallingford

for structural stabilization and roofing of the tower and belfry.




Old Village Church

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




Pierce Hall Community Center, Inc.

for repairing the roof framing and fascia boards.




Royalton Town House

for foundation repair.




Pratt Hall/Montgomery Historical Society

for structural repairs to sills and joists.




Brandon Free Library

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




St. Paul's Episcopal Church

for window rehabilitation.




York Street Meeting House

for structural repairs to the roof truss system.




United Church of Northfield

for structural repairs to the tower and roof rafters.



St. Johnsbury

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

for the restoration of four ventilation monitors

and gallery roof.




Vermont Historical Society

for repairing the tower roof and flashing.




The First Congregational Church of Orwell

for restoration of two stained glass windows.



Isle La Motte

Isle La Motte Town Hall

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




The Old Schoolhouse

for repairing sills and joists.




Town Center Building

to repair the front entry portico.




First Congregational Church in Thetford

to install a new standing seam metal roof and flashing.




Shrewsbury Community Meeting House

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






For more information, visit the Division for Historic Preservation site at:

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