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|2009 Preservation Retreats at the Grand Isle Lake House
The Preservation Trust of Vermont is hosting 2-day retreats at the Grand Isle Lake House. Retreats are for groups undertaking historic preservation and community development projects.
Participating groups should be prepared to present a ten minute case study about a project they're working on. The case study should frame a question or problem that needs to be solved to advance their project. Two to three people should attend from each group. The whole idea is to share ideas, identify funding opportunities and technical assistance resources, and move projects forward.
Upcoming retreat dates are:
- July 16-17 Retreat for Designated Downtowns
- Aug 4-5 Historic Preservation and Community Development projects
- Sep 14-15 Historic Preservation and Community Development projects
- Oct 26-27 Community Development projects and Fundraising
Cost for dinner, overnight, breakfast and lunch is $50 per person for a shared room or $75 for a single (first come basis). Space is limited, so reservations should be made as early as possible. Deadline is two weeks before each retreat.
or call (802) 658-6647.
News from the Preservation Trust
The Colchester Historical Society for the rescue and restoration of the Log Schoolhouse
2009 Preservation Honor Awards
At the annual Preservation Conference in Isle La Motte last week, 250 people were on hand to recognize eight organizations and individuals receiving Honor Awards from the Preservation Trust of Vermont. The awards recognize individuals, organizations and communities that have played a key role in rehabilitating and preserving historic places that hold special importance to their communities. Following are the award winners.
In August of 2000 the MacDonald family was dismantling their camp when they uncovered what turned out to be a long-forgotten 1815 Schoolhouse.
The Colchester Historical Society worked with the MacDonald's to temporarily move the log house to Town property until a permanent location could be found and funds raised. By 2004, they hired a project manager and identified a home for the schoolhouse at Airport Park.
Over the next four years, with local fundraising and help from a VT Agency of Transportation Enhancement Grant, State grants, and funding from the Preservation Trust of Vermont in partnership with the Freeman Foundation-and with guidance from Arnold and Scangas Architects-the schoolhouse was restored based on historic photographs and physical evidence.
Today the Colchester Log Schoolhouse serves as a visitor center and a museum. The Colchester Historical Society has not only saved the oldest known structure in Malletts Bay but has provided the community with a place for showcasing their history and heritage. Mad River Glen for the restoration of the Single Chair Lift
Mad River Glen's Single Chair is more than a chair lift; it is an engineering marvel reflective of the imaginative innovators that changed the face of the American ski industry when the lift first opened in 1948.
In December 2007, the lift reopened following a total rehabilitation made possible by a successful capital campaign that raised over $1.7 million in donations from more than 1,500 individuals. The dedication ceremony recreated Mad River Glen's opening day in 1948, complete with Miss Vermont 1948 Jean Peatman on hand to help Miss Vermont 2007 Rachel Ann Cole ceremonially "unlock" the restored Single Chair. Silas Towler and the Ferrisburgh Grange Community Center
In 2003 when Ferrisburgh began searching for a larger town office complex, Silas Towler with several other residents banded together to promote the slowly deteriorating and underutilized Grange Building. In 2004 when citizens voted to renovate the newly acquired Hall, Silas stepped forward to assist and again banded together with community members to form a "Friends of the Ferrisburgh Grange" organization.
However days before construction was scheduled to begin, on the night of February 15, 2005, an arsonist set fire to the historic Grange building. The following morning, only a shell remained. Silas assumed chairmanship of the building committee and urged the Selectboard to stay the course. Noting his talents, Silas was designated to head a salvage effort to measure, salvage, and store architectural features for restoration and replication.
For the next 2 years, in his unpaid capacity with the Town, Silas reviewed all insurance documents and created counter offers. Once settled, Silas became the town's primary liaison, meeting with contractor representatives on a weekly basis and conducting bi-weekly meetings of the citizen building and fundraising committees.
Finally on June 21, 2008, the building was completed and dedicated. Without Silas Towler and his perseverance to see the Grange Hall re-built to exact specifications, the town of Ferrisburgh would not have this landmark.
You probably won't be surprised to learn that there was a second nomination from Ferrisburgh. This one was from Silas Towler crediting countless groups that participated in the Grange Community Center's re-construction...from the UVM volunteers who helped with the salvage to each State Department that provided a permit. Silas credits all of them.
We have two honor awards: one honoring the Grange Community Hall project, and the other honoring Silas Towler. Windham Housing Trust and Friends of Algiers for the Tontine Building Rehabilitation project
The Tontine Building in Algiers Village is a 19th century Federal-style building with a "hardworking past and a fresh new beginning". The first significant addition to affordable housing in the town of Guilford, the historic building now offers seven fully renovated apartments in the village center for area residents. Located on the corner of Route 5 and the Guilford Center Road, the 1819 Tontine Building is an important historic anchor in Guilford's Algiers Village. The building is one of several surviving structures built by an early group of entrepreneurs who utilized available water power from the nearby Broad Brook.
The building, with 25 owners in 150 years, has been through many transformations and housed a mix of commercial and single and multi-family uses. Completed last fall, the extensive rehabilitation of this historic landmark is a symbol of a highly successful partnership between a regional non-profit affordable housing organization, the Windham Housing Trust and a local community group, the Friends of Algiers Village, and a renewed sense of identity in the community and vision for the future. Richard Middleton for rehabilitation of the Hill House stone barn
Richard Middleton is the owner of one of the historically most significant properties in Grand Isle County, the Ira Hill stone house at the central crossroads on Isle La Motte.
In 2007, with the advice of preservation architect, Glenn Bydwell, and with a barn grant from the Division for Historic Preservation he began a multi-year process to rehabilitate the attached stone stable and cider house. Richard's willingness to preserve this structure, largely at his own expense, displays a sincere generosity he has demonstrated over the past fifteen years in earlier projects that restored the Hill House's two-story Victorian verandah, replaced its roof, and installed a geothermal heating system.
We are pleased to present Richard with this Honor Award and to thank him and his architect, Glenn Bydwell, for graciously opening up the barn for a tour this afternoon.
Union Bank in Morrisville
Union Bank opened on July 27, 1891 on Portland Street in Morrisville and a year later relocated to a newly constructed building on Main Street. In 2007, the Bank re-acquired its 1892 Bank building from the Town of Morristown and renovated the adjoining Centennial Block for its new offices, highlighting the bank's commitment to Morrisville's downtown revitalization efforts.
The Bank, in purchasing the building back from the Town, initiated a string of events with numerous benefits. This renovation enabled the Town offices to remain downtown by providing funds that allowed the Town to renovate another downtown space. The Bank also made a large donation to help move forward the rehabilitation of the Town library and undertook a their own multi-million dollar rehabilitation of the old bank building and the entire block next door.
Downtown Morrisville received a tremendous facelift at its major intersection and has inspired other to invest in downtown. The Union Bank has shown leadership and through sound fundamental values of historic preservation and commitment to its community. Orleans County Historical Society and the Old Stone House Museum for rehabilitation of the Samuel Read Hall House
The Old Stone House Museum purchased the Samuel Read Hall House in 2005 to preserve and protect the Brownington Historic District. Built in 1831, it is one of the finest examples of Federal style architecture in the county.
Starting in May 2008, the Historical Society and Museum began an extensive rehabilitation project including code compliance improvements so that the building can now be used for public events.
The newly-rehabilitated and weatherized Hall House will allow the Old Stone House Museum to use the facility for year round classes, and it will be used as an income generating property for private events such as weddings and retreats, dinners and picnics. The Old Stone House Museum is growing to serve the rural communities of Orleans County, the State of Vermont, and tourists. Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance
The Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance (VMGA) was founded in 1984 as a consortium of museums, art galleries and historical societies. Many of these organizations are housed in historic structures that are the centers of cultural activities within their communities.
Over its 25 years, VMGA has provided a forum for sharing expertise; hosted workshops, mentor programs and educational opportunities; offered a lending library to members; helped to create a statewide disaster readiness program; and initiated the Vermont Theater Curtains inventory and conservation effort.
VMGA was recognized with a 2002 award for its Collections Care Program.
New PTV Grant Opportunity: Community Forestry Project
The Preservation Trust of Vermont is offering matching grants for tree planting in Designated Downtowns and Designated Village Centers. Applications require Planting and Maintenance Plans. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of three Community Forestry Planning Workshops at a date to be announced that will be offered in September 2009 by the Preservation Trust of Vermont and the Urban and Community Forestry Program of the Agency of Natural Resources. Funding for this effort is being provided by Bruce Lisman.
Range: $5,000 - $10,000. Cash and/or Inkind 1:1 match. Total of $75,000 will be available. Eligibility: Designated Downtowns and Designated Village Centers. Deadline: January 15, 2010 for Summer 2010 planting.
Contact: Ann Cousins, Telephone (802) 434-5014. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
; or, Eric Gilbertson, Telephone: (802) 272-8543. Email: email@example.com
; or, Meg Campbell (for Bennington County projects), Telephone (802) 442-8951. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Marycrest Reunion
A Camp Marycrest Reunion will be held on Sat., Oct. 3rd in Burlington, Vt. The Sisters of Mercy operated Camp Marycrest for 36 years as a girls' camp. This will be the first reunion since the camp on Lake Champlain in Grand Isle closed after the 1993 season. If you are interested in attending the Camp Marycrest Reunion, please call Louise Dufresne at (802) 655-7834 or Cindy Watker at (802) 893-1735 or email to the organizing committee at: email@example.com
. Further details and registration will be sent to you. Please spread the word about the reunion to your relatives and friends who attended or worked at Camp Marycrest.
Camp Marycrest was held at the Grand Isle Lake House
, now owned and operated as a special events facility by the Preservation Trust of Vermont.
The Council on the Future of Vermont
The Council on the Future of Vermont (CFV) was a two year project of the Vermont Council on Rural Development.
With the publication of this report, the findings of the Council are no longer ours alone. The report is a contribution toward action. It is for the people of Vermont to use to move Vermont forward as they see fit. It is a reflection of the 18 months of listening to Vermonters.
Join us in a regional roll-out of the results where residents can learn about the CFV process and share their ideas and priorities for their own towns and Vermont. A series of free and open public discussions will be held around the state this summer.
Find your regional meeting time below. All Meeting Times are 6pm to 7:30pm
- June 18: St. Albans, Bellows Free Academy
- June 23: Newport, Goodrich Public Library
- June 24: St. Johnsbury, Fairbanks Museum
- June 25: Hyde Park, Green Mountain Tech and Career Center
- July 1: Island Pond, Island Pond Welcome Center
- July 2: North Hero, Public Library
- July 7: Middlebury, venue TBA
- July 8: Burlington, Fletcher Free Library
- July 9: Rutland, Rutland Free Library
- July 14: Bennington, venue TBA
- July 15: Brattleboro, Marlboro Graduate Center
State Seeks Input On Proposed Archeology Protection Changes
Looks To Update Rules On Archeological Sites; Fund To Protect Them
The state is asking for feedback from archeological experts, developers, and the public on a proposed new method to pay for protecting archeological sites and new rules for historic preservation.
"We're looking for feedback as we move forward with proposed rule changes," said Betsy Bishop, Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development. "We want to make sure that the Division for Historic Preservation's practices are consistent with the law, and that all applicants have clear expectations that everyone agrees upon."
Under Act 250, the state's environmental protection and development control law, the Division for Historic Preservation makes recommendations to the district environmental commissions on whether a proposed development would impact "historic sites," including archeological sites.
"We don't issue permits," Bishop said. "The division recommends whether a project should get a permit, and how much field study should be done to determine whether an area is archeologically significant and should be protected. The District Commission makes those decisions."
The new rules the state is considering, Bishop said, would clarify that district commissions have the decision-making authority about such questions as whether to require additional field studies and the cost of paying for them.
How applicants would pay for the costs associated with deciding what sites are historically significant and protecting them is the other part of the equation.
"The recently enacted fee bill directed the Division for Historic Preservation and the Natural Resources Board to collaborate on developing a fee schedule to fund these operations," Bishop said. "We're asking for feedback from developers and other stakeholders on that and the rules changes."
Four public meetings are scheduled around the state and we invite your participation. We also welcome written and electronic submission if your schedule does not permit attendance at a meeting. Nancy.Boone@state.vt.us
June 23, 2009
Williston - 5:00- 6:30 pm
7928 Williston Road
June 25, 2009
Rutland - 12:00-2:00 pm
Supervisors Office Conference Room
231 North Main St. (RT 7)
Rutland, VT June 30, 2009
St. Johnsbury - 5:00-6:30 pm
Regional Planning Commission Conference Room
36 Eastern Ave.
St. Johnsbury, VT July 14, 2009
Rockingham - 12:00-2:00 pm
Women's Club, Town Hall
Bellows Falls, VT
Vermont Barn Census: Workshop in Grafton, Vermont, Saturday, June 27
How many barns are there in Vermont? What kind of condition are they in? Are we losing significant numbers each year? What can be done to preserve these icons of our history and landscape?
The goal of the Vermont Barn Census is to carry out, for the first time, a statewide census of Vermont's barns that will lay the foundation for further efforts to preserve them.
The project is recruiting volunteers in all of Vermont's 251 towns to identify barns and other agricultural outbuildings in their communities. Adults of all ages and students from elementary to high school are welcome to participate.
Taking part in the Vermont Barn Census couldn't be easier! The Census is designed to be carried out by individuals or by groups. Volunteers are welcome to survey one barn or many. No prior experience in agriculture, construction, engineering, or history is required! This website is designed to give you the background information and tools that you need. Volunteers explore their communities to locate barns and take a photo and some notes about barn features, history, use and current condition, and then submit the data over the web.
So far, volunteers for the Vermont Barn Census have recorded information on barns from southern Vermont to the Northeast Kingdom. We have heard from individuals all over the state and had some great conversations on the past and future of Vermont's agricultural heritage.
If you are interested in more in-depth information on historic barns, here is a program of three workshops to be held on Saturday June 27 at the Old Tavern at Grafton by barn experts:
- 10 am - 11:30 am, Understanding the Structure of Historic Barns, Jan Lewandoski, Internationally renowned Timber Framer, Traditional Building, Greensboro Bend, Vermont
- 11:30 am -12:30 pm and 1:30 pm -2:30 pm, The History and Architecture of Barns and other Agricultural Outbuildings, Prof. Thomas Visser, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation Program at UVM, and author of Field Guide to New England Farm and Farm Buildings
- 2:30- 3:00 pm, How You Can Inventory Barns for the Vermont Barn Census, Nancy Boone, Acting State Historic Preservation Officer, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
- 3:00 pm, Barn Tour
There is no charge to attend, but If you plan to attend the workshops please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 802 674-6752 to register no later than June 19, so that we may order lunch and refreshments that will be provided at no charge to volunteers for the project.
The Barn Census is a project of the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, UVM Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, and Historic Windsor's Preservation Education Institute, Save Vermont Barns, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and Preservation Trust of Vermont.
To learn more about the project visit the website that is maintained at the University of Vermont, please visit www.uvm.edu/~barn/
and to learn more about the project sponsors visit either of the following websites:
This project is funded by a Preserve America Grant through the National Park Service to the State of Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Vermont Mozart Festival to Perform in Historic Settings
Since 1974, the Vermont Mozart Festival has brought artists from around the world to perform classical music in beautiful indoor and outdoor settings. The festival hosts 19 concerts during the most spectacular three weeks of Vermont's summer and is regarded by its attendees - more than 16,000 each year - as one of their favorite rituals. The 2009 season, running from July 19 to August 9, celebrates Haydn's bicentennial alongside the "Magnificent Sevens" program: seven featured concerts, seven magnificent musicians and seven orchestral masterpieces. Please visit www.vtmozart.org
or call 802-862-7352 for more information.
Today's festival celebrates the classical music tradition while embracing the beauty of Vermont's historic sites. The festival chooses historically significant venues for the majority of its performances in order to support their special place in the community and treat audiences to the beauty of each space. The Grand Isle Lake House
celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2003 and stands as one of the few remaining historic lakeshore hotels in New England. This property and building were donated as a gift to the Preservation Trust of Vermont in 1997. The festival welcomes the Steve Wilson Quartet for a performance of "Lake House and All That Jazz" on July 22. http://www.grandislelakehouse.com/history/http://vtmozart.org/calendar.php?ID=378
was created as a model agricultural estate in 1886 by William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb. In 1972, it became an educational nonprofit. The Inn at Shelburne Farms was restored in 1987, and the Vermont Mozart Festival was the first event that allowed the public access to its beauty. We return once again for our concerts on July 19, July 25, August 1, August 7 and August 8. http://www.shelburnefarms.org/about/index.shtmwww.vtmozart.org
Spring brings warm days, crisp nights and burgeoning flowers to Basin Harbor Club and Resort, an historic resort on Lake Champlain. A vast 700 acres contain walking trails, bird watching, panoramic views of the Adirondacks and much more. "Bayside Bach" is the featured concert on July 31 with the New York Chamber Soloists.
The Vergennes Opera House
is part of a grand tradition of community-based "Opera Houses" that served, historically, as cultural centers and performing arts facilities throughout Vermont. Built in 1897 by and for the people of Vergennes, it cost $12,000 and took one year to complete. By the early 1970's, however, the Opera House had fallen into a bad state of disrepair and was closed. It wasn't until July 1997 that the building was restored and reopened. The festival is back to perform here for the first time since this historic renovation, offering "Opera House Trios" on August 4th featuring the Amelia Piano Trio. http://www.vergennesoperahouse.org/homehttp://vtmozart.org/calendar.php?ID=387
Richmond's West Monitor Barn was built in 1903 by the Whitcomb family, a structure encompassing 12,000 square feet and 85 feet tall. Eventually the farm was sold, and as each decade came and went, the barns decayed more and more, until in the late nineties the West Monitor Barn was ready to fall with the next strong wind or ice storm. The Richmond Land Trust stepped in with a goal to rebuild the barn exactly as it had been built. In 2008, the Vermont Mozart Festival enjoyed its first performance in the newly-restored building, and this year returns for "Tenor at Twilight" with tenor Robert White and the Amelia Piano Trio on August 5th.
Vermont to get $30 million in Stimulus Funds for Economic Development
US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) says Vermont will receive $30 million under an innovative and proven economic development program - New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) - to spur economic growth and affordable housing in the state.
The New Market Tax Credit Program, created in 2000, offers incentives to private investors to invest in economic development projects that primarily benefit low-income Americans, by offering them 39 percent of their investments back as a federal tax credit. As a result, the developer can pay investors below-market interest rates, resulting in the equivalent of a federal grant to help buy down the developer's borrowing costs.
Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, played a key role in including the program in the stimulus package and had also laid the groundwork for it in letters he sent both to President Obama and Senate leaders last winter while the recovery act was being drafted.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act included $3 billion to meet the needs of unfunded 2008 NMTC applications and an anticipated high number of 2009 applications.
Vermont Rural Ventures, an organization consisting of Housing Vermont, the Vermont Economic Development Authority, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency and the Vermont Community Loan Fund, anticipates funding between six to twelve housing and economic development projects statewide as a result of the new tax credits.
According to the Department of Treasury, projects must be in eligible census tracts - which limits projects to severely economically distressed communities in the following counties: Grand Isle County, Franklin County, Orleans County, Essex County, Caledonia County, Chittenden County, Rutland County, Bennington County and Windham County.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) also supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Weston's Craft Building Restored To Former Glory
The Craft Building, one of three museums that abut the Mill Yard on Route 100 in Weston, has undergone a dramatic restoration. In 2008, a structural engineer estimated the moldering building's life at ten years before collapse, very possibly into the West River. Today, it stands strong with an appearance that quite dazzles the eye.
The building was built in the late 19th century as a firehouse and is believed to have been Weston's first. It later saw service as a blacksmithy, a metal shop and, beginning in the 1930s, has housed various craft enterprises, including the Vermont Guild of Old Time Crafts and Industries, hence its name.
Today, as a museum, it is home to the restored bandwagon of the Weston Cornet Band, which also dates to the 1800s. Visually, the structure's most significant feature is the intricate architectural, or shaped, shingles that cover the exterior walls. Replacing them was time consuming and costly, but essential to preserving the historical character of the building.
The work was performed by A. L. ("Andy") Foster and Sons of Weston. "Andy did a great job" comments Patti Prairie, President of the Weston Community Association, "The project came in on budget, on time and, most importantly, the workmanship is superb."
This project was assisted by a Preservation Grant, made possible by a partnership between the Freeman Foundation and the Preservation Trust of Vermont. The Museums of Weston are owned and structurally maintained by the Weston Community Association. They are curated by the Weston Historical Society. The museums are open Wednesday afternoons during the summer months and on weekends from July 1 through Columbus Day.
|In the Media
Taking Issue: Energy Upgrades Threaten Older Homes
by Sally Zimmerman for Fine Homebuilding
For much of the past 20 years, the major threat to old houses and historic neighborhoods has been teardowns for McMansions. But rising energy costs and the burst of the housing bubble have dampened the teardown phenomenon. More people are hunkering down in their existing homes, which has slowed the wholesale replacement of our historic housing stock. Unfortunately, an even greater threat is suddenly looming. Read On...
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