Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Vermont Historic Buildings and Barns Receive Half a Million Dollars in State Preservation Grants

Tue Apr 8 2014
Historic meeting houses, churches, barns and libraries are among a list of 37 buildings across 11 Vermont counties receiving preservation grants in 2014. The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation recognized the awarded matching grants totaling $540,190 in a ceremony with Governor Peter Shumlin at the State House Tuesday.  

Vermont’s historic architecture provides a visual record of life in Vermont over that past 200 years and represents Vermont’s heritage to current and future generations. The preservation of historic public buildings, churches, barns and agricultural buildings not only protects Vermont’s architectural legacy, it also generates jobs, supports independent businesses, increases civic participation and contributes to a community’s sense of place, while also enhancing the experience of visitors. 
“Vermont’s architectural heritage is important not only to understanding our past, but also to the current and future economic vitality of our state,” said Governor Shumlin. “Protecting these historic buildings ensures that we honor our past as we look to the future. The efforts of this year’s grant recipients to preserve important civic and agricultural structures demonstrates their commitment to a vibrant Vermont economy.” 

“This time of year, many Vermonters are preparing for a busy building season,” said Housing and Community Development Commissioner Noelle MacKay. “The interest and energy that comes when people see preservation work in action underscores the value of historic landmarks and buildings to our community, our sense of place and our economy.” 

Grant projects range from roof replacements and cupola and spire work, to structural and frame repairs, window restoration, and foundation and drainage improvements. Almost 90 applications were submitted this year.  

“We received many excellent applications from across the state annually,” said State Historic Preservation Officer Laura Trieschmann. “Vermont is fortunate to have so many people investing in historic preservation; the rehabilitation of these historic and cultural resources connects all Vermonters to their heritage.” 

Established in 1986 and 1991 respectively, the state-funded Historic Preservation and Barn Preservation grant programs annually award matching grants for building improvement projects that promote the public enjoyment of Vermont’s agricultural heritage. Properties must be listed on or be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in Vermont.

Source: Vermont Division for Historic Preservation 4.8.2014

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