December 2015 News from the Preservation Trust of Vermont

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Marble Museum Moves Forward
PTV was awarded several major grants over the last few months for the Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor: $300,00 from the Community Development Block Grant Program; $120,000 Tax Credit from the Vermont Downtown Program; and $25,000 from the Vermont Council on the Arts Cultural Facilities program. The funds will be used to do fire safety work at the Marble Museum Building as well as brownfield clean-up and partial building rehabilitation work. The goal is to have all of the work done by the opening of the museum in May 2016.

Fox Hill: Keeping the Dream Alive
Representatives from the Preservation Trust of Vermont and Stone Valley Arts gathered with sisters Irene Minkoff and Rita Fuchsberg at the Fox Hill Center for the Arts in Poultney to complete the donation of the early 19th century building to PTV. 

Exit 4 in Randolph: It's Not Over Yet 
The battle over the development at Exit 4 in Randolph is not over. At the request of the applicant and agreed upon by the Conservation Law Foundation and the Vermont Natural Resources Council, a recess memo was issued on November 20th allowing for a 90-day extension so that parties can explore "informal and non-adversarial resolution of the contested issues." 

In support of the Exit 4 Citizens Group and in an effort to establish the battle as an issue of statewide importance, the Preservation Trust of Vermont sponsored full-page ads in Herald of Randolph, Rutland Herald, Times Argus, Seven Days, Valley News, Woodstock Standard, and VT Digger.  

Preservation Grants Awarded
In partnership with the Freeman Foundation, PTV recently awarded $240,000 in Preservation Grants to six projects for total rehabilitation work in excess of $800,000. 

The Guild Hall, Guildhall: $40,000.  Built in 1795, the Guild Hall building plays a vital role in the town of Guildhall: town meetings, elections,  select board  meetings, school performances, Hunters' supper, Mother's Day brunch, the "Cabin Fever" concert series during the winter months and more. Work includes repairs to floor joists, foundation insulation, electrical and access upgrades,  lighting  improvements and paint. 

The Orleans County Grammar School, Brownington: $50,000. The first school house of noted Vermont educator Alexander Twilight, this 1823 building will be moved by the Orleans County Historical Society back to its original location near the Old Stone House House museum and Brownington Historic District. Improvements include installing water and bathrooms, heating, accessibility, roof replacement, painting, window rehabilitation and the reinstallation of the original bell tower.

Kane Hall, Craftsbury: $35,000. This administration and classroom building at Sterling College has undergone an exterior rehabilitation. The grant will assist in the rehabilitation and weatherization of the 31 historic windows.

Danville Congregational Church, Danville: $30,000.
Most of the Greek Revival and Queen Anne-inspired details of this 1897 church are intact, though in need of attention. The grant will support stabilizing the bell tower, repairing historic windows, improving access and fire seafood, painting and masonry and roof repairs. 

Derby Historical Society, Derby: $35,000. The c.1840 building on Main Street, once the North Hall of the Derby Academy, is now used by Derby Historical Society. The grant will support the removal of vinyl siding and restoration of the clapboard exterior as well as replacement of windows that are beyond repair with new historically compatible windows.


Fairbanks Museum/St. Johnsbury Church, St. Johnsbury: $50,000. This High Victorian Church, formerly the Christian Science Church, sits immediately south of the Fairbanks Museum. This grant will enable the museum to complete their purchase of the property and do immediate work on the building in preparation for a bigger campaign to raise funds to create a 250-seat meeting and performance space, headquarters for the Eye on the Sky program, and space for collections.

Paul Bruhn Honored 
Paul Bruhn, Executive Director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont, is the 2015 recipient of the Bernice Murray Award, given by the Vermont Community Development Association (VCDA) in recognition of his contributions to historic preservation in Vermont. 

The Bernice Murray Award is given annually in recognition of an individual's work in the community development field for over 10 years as either a professional or community volunteer who has demonstrated leadership, dedication and commitment to a Vermont community or communities.  The award is given in memory of Bernice Murray, well-known for her dedication to, and support of, community development both in her role as the Vermont State Director for Senator James Jeffords and then as State Director of the Farmers Home Administration.

Bellows Falls Middle School: 2014 Preservation Award Winner
Bellows Falls Middle School:
2014 Preservation Award Winner
Recognizing a Job Well Done 
Do you know of a great preservation project or person who has been involved in a project? Nominate them for a 2016 PTV Preservation Award! Awards will be given out at the June conference in Waterbury. 

John Ostrum on the restoration of the Waterbury State Office Complex
John Ostrum on the restoration of the Waterbury State Office Complex
Annual Gathering
Save the date for next year's annual Downtown & Historic Preservation Conference in Waterbury, VT on Friday June 10, 2016. 

Retreat with Us!
Mark your calendars now to join us at the Grand Isle Lake House for one of our fun and inspiring Preservation Retreats.

May 16-17: Fundraising & Project Management

June 13-14: Libraries & Public Buildings

July 18-19: Historic Preservation & Community Development

September 15-16: Churches & Sacred Places

October 10-11: Arts & Industrial Heritage

New Book Documents Restored Theater Curtains
"In 1900, the O.L. Story Scenic Company, a Somerville, Mass., outfit that painted scenes on stage curtains, promised in an advertising pamphlet that its products would last "with good care from 12 to 15 years." This seems about right for 10-by-18-foot spans of cotton muslin primed with handmade glue and painted with water-soluble paints. Depicting rural scenes, domestic interiors, city streets or fanciful European castles, these canvases were the all-purpose, roll-up stage sets of the day; it was assumed they'd get heavy use.
Clearly, O. L. Story didn't count on Christine Hadsel coming along 100 years later. The Burlington resident has spent the past 15 years ferreting out painted theater curtains from crawl spaces in town halls, grange halls, theaters and opera houses in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine..." 

National Trust Grants 
Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for planning and education projects. Grants range up to $5,000 and require a dollar-for-dollar match.  Applications are now being accepted for the February 1, 2016 deadline.  

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