$200,000 in historic preservation grants will leverage $1.7 million for projects

first_imgGovernor 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.For more information, visit the Division for Historic Preservation site at: www.historicvermont.org(link is external).Source: 2.1.2010last_img

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