Vermont: Historic Preservation Grants Awarded to 13 Projects


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State grants for the preservation of history totaling $ 204,896 allocated to 13 projects

Montpellier Governor, VT (STL.News) Phil Scott, the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation today announced the recipients of the 2021 State Historic Preservation Grants . The grants, totaling $ 204,896, were awarded to 13 municipalities and state-wide nonprofits in eight counties, facilitating the repair and rehabilitation of important historic buildings.

“Investing in the preservation of historic sites strengthens our communities and further enhances the Vermont brand,” said Governor Scott. “These grants help honor our past, create new opportunities for our future, and play an important role in revitalizing our city centers and towns.”

“Preserving historic sites seems more important than ever, as local landmarks give Vermonters a sense of belonging and pride,” said Laura V. Trieschmann, State of Vermont Historic Preservation Officer. “These grants enable investments that increase awareness of our heritage, educate the public about historic resources and strengthen Vermont’s economic growth. These grant recipients deserve to be recognized for their commitment to our historic places.

An equivalent historical preservation grant of $ 20,000 was awarded to the Town of Randolph to support the traditional restoration of the plaster cast in the main auditorium of Chandler Music Hall. This important local entertainment venue was built through the philanthropy of Colonel Albert B. Chandler. In 1947, it was ceded to the City, who considered demolishing the building before a local group launched an ambitious rehabilitation project from 1972. Today, the Chandler attracts around 20,000 visitors a year, with musical events, children’s and youth programs and art exhibitions.

The Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, the town of Moretown and the Enosburg Masons have received grants for the restoration, repair and weatherization of historic windows – important both for the preservation of these historic features as well as for the overall energy efficiency of these public buildings. Grants were also given to fund structural repairs at McIndoes Falls Academy in Barnet, the historic restoration of the two-story porch of the East Calais General Store and the repair of the steeple at Granville Town Hall.

For a complete list of awarded projects, visit the Historic Preservation Division website.

Established in 1986, the state-funded historic preservation grant program provides matching grants for building improvement projects that promote Vermont’s architectural heritage. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $ 5 million in support of 550 historic building projects. To be eligible, buildings must be listed or may be listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the work carried out must comply with the rehabilitation standards of the Secretary of the Interior. The program is very competitive. In 2020, the Advisory Board reviewed 37 project applications, requesting more than $ 460,000 in funding.

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