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Subject: 	June 2007 Historic Vermont
Date: 	Mon, 4 Jun 2007 11:14:04 -0400
From: 	Historic Vermont <[log in to unmask]>
To: 	Meg Campbell <[log in to unmask]>

    An On-line News Journal about the Preservation of Vermont’s Historic
    Architecture and Landscape
    June 2007
    *Published by the Preservation Trust of Vermont, 104 Church Street,
    Burlington, VT 05401 <>
    (802) 658-6647


    /In This Issue..../

    *News from the Preservation Trust <#PTV%20News>*

        * Preservation Grants Awarded
        * Preservation Awards Announced
        * 2007 Retreats at the Grand Isle Lake House
        * Preservation Conference Success

    *Vermont News <#Vt%20News>*

        * Vermont Ranks #1 in Per Capita Use of Historic Building Credits
        * June 8th: Context Sensitive Solutions in Transportation Planning
        * June 13th: Quadricentennial Workshop
        * July 18^th Conference: Advancing Vermont’s Creative Economy
        * Downtown Board Awards Over $300,000 For Transportation Projects
        * National Register News
          */ /*

    *New! For Historic Homeowners* <#Homeowners>

          John Leeke's /Historic Homeworks/': Exterior Paint & Clapboards
          Inspection Checklist for Historic Buildings
          Rehab Do's and Don'ts

    *Publications & Resources* <#Publications>

        * /Feasibility Assessment Manual for Historic Buildings/ by
          Donovan Rypkema
        * Ten Tips for Managing an Historic Preservation Project

    *Education, Training & Employment Opportunities* <#Education>


          June 23rd: Stone Wall Repair Workshop at Shelburne Farms,
          Shelburne, Vermont


          Seeking Executive Director, Maine Preservation


          Seeking State Historic Preservation Officer and Director, New


    *Historic Vermont* is available free to subscribers. To subscribe or
    unsubscribe, please visit our website To submit something for
    publication, please contact Meg Campbell at [log in to unmask]
    <mailto:[log in to unmask]>



    */Preservation Grants Awarded
    /*Since 1994 the Freeman Foundation and the Preservation Trust of
    Vermont have had a partnership to support preservation projects.
    Over $8.5 million in grants have been awarded to help more than 329
    projects in communities throughout the state. These grants have
    played a key role in over $109 million in total rehabilitation work.
    The last rounds of grants includes:

        *Clarendon Grange Community Center, North Clarendon: $25,000*.
        This former Otter Creek Grange Building was built as a village
        creamery in the mid-19th century. It is listed on the State
        Register of Historic Places. In the back, a barn door was
        retained when the building was converted to community center as
        evidence of where the milk wagons entered the creamery. The
        building now houses the Bailey Memorial Library on the first
        floor, and a community hall with full kitchen upstairs. The
        building is fully accessible and well used for senior lunches
        and meetings, dance classes, church services on Sunday, and a
        variety of community and private gatherings. The Grange
        Community Center Committee manages the property and raises funds
        for its upkeep through Town support and rental income. Last year
        they completed slate roof repairs and are now raising funds to
        repair the barn door, steel fire escape, septic tank, and
        drainage and foundation repairs at the front of the building.
        This grant will allow them to complete the fire escape, rear
        exit, and barn door repairs and begin work on the front foundation.

        *St. Paul**'s Episcopal Church, Windsor: $25,000.* The church
        was built in 1822, and was designed by noted New England
        architect, Alexander Parris. Its style is transitional with
        simplicity and balance typical of the Federal style and a
        monumental temple front, from the Greek Revival style. The walls
        of the church are made of local red brick laid in Flemish bond.
        The foundation is fieldstone; the two round columns flanking the
        entryway are parged brick sitting on carved stone bases. Over
        the past several years this congregation invested approximately
        $125,000 in the building to replace the church and rectory roof
        and flashing, rebuild chimneys, repair interior plaster (in
        progress), and address exterior drainage and wall
        reconstruction. This grant will help them address the next phase
        of repairs: reparging and painting the columns, woodwork and
        flashing repairs on the steeple, gold leaf the dome, porch floor
        brick repair, and painting.

        *Guild Hall, Guildhall: $10,000. Library and Masonic Hall,
        Guildhall: $40,000.* Listed on the National Register of Historic
        Places as part of the Guildhall Village Historic District, Guild
        Hall and the Library-Masonic Hall are of exceptional historic
        and architectural significance. Erected in 1795, Guild Hall is
        the oldest building in Northeast Kingdom . It has been used as a
        bank, a hat factory and boot shop. The western section of the
        building was constructed in 1850 and housed a residence and law
        office. In 1921, to commemorate Armistice Day, Col. and Mrs.
        E.C. Benton dedicated Guild Hall as a community building and
        constructed an addition to connect the two buildings for town
        offices and public meeting space. This grant will help the Town
        with repairs to the porch, front door, floor joists, and
        exterior painting.

        The Library/Masonic building was designed by the Boston
        architectural firm of Gay and Proctor and is an excellent
        example of the Colonial Revival style. This building houses the
        public library downstairs and Benton Masonic Lodge upstairs, and
        was also a gift from Col. E.C. Benton. The seven stained glass
        windows depict the various degrees of the lodge. Thankfully, the
        rich architectural detail survived the building's vinyl siding.
        This grant will remove the vinyl siding, restore the original
        clapboard siding, repair the cupola and clock, and help with a
        new roof, and conserve stained glass and sash windows.

        *Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church, Bennington: $50,000.*
        Built in 1890, the rock-faced limestone Sacred Heart St. Francis
        de Sales church remains one of the outstanding buildings of West
        Main Street just outside the Bennington Downtown Historic
        District. One of the tallest buildings in Bennington , the
        church can be seen some distance away and is easily recognizable
        by its bell tower. Capable of accommodating 400 guests, the
        church is often used for concerts, interfaith services, and
        presentations to the wider Bennington community. A 2005
        consultant report identified major structural problems in the
        buttresses of the 96-foot-tall tower, failing mortar and water
        infiltration damage in the stone tower and church walls, and
        problems with roofing and flashing. The total project costs are
        $1.2 million. The church has engaged their congregation and
        initiated a very successful capital campaign. To date, they have
        raised more than $864,000. A grant of $50,000 will help them
        meet their goal for saving this landmark building in Bennington.

    */Preservation Award Winners Announced
    /*Eight organizations and individuals were recognized with
    Preservation Awards from the Preservation Trust of Vermont. The
    awards recognized individuals, organizations and communities that
    have played a key role in rehabilitating and preserving historic
    places that hold special importance to their communities.

    Award winners were honored May 16^th at the 13^th Annual Historic
    Preservation Conference held at Union Institute - Vermont College in

    “Vermont communities are very fortunate to have many dedicated
    individuals and organizations that are passionate about saving and
    reusing their historic places. These historic sites have much to do
    with defining the character of communities and Vermont as a whole,”
    said Paul Bruhn, the Preservation Trust of Vermont’s Executive
    Director. “And we’re especially lucky to have such a wonderful
    collection of award winners this year.”

    The Preservation Trust of Vermont supports efforts by nonprofit
    organizations and communities to save and use historic places that
    help to define the character of Vermont. It is based in Burlington.

    The 2007 Award Winners are:

        *Brattleboro Area Community Land Trust and Housing Vermont* *for
        the rescue and restoration of the Wilder Block*
        In December 2004, a night fire ravaged one of the great historic
        buildings in downtown Brattleboro. It was a spectacular fire and
        though the interior was severely destroyed, no one lost their life.

        Within hours the Preservation Trust organized a charette to see
        what, if anything, might be done to save and reuse the Wilder
        Block. Representatives from the Agency of Commerce and Community
        Development, Division for Historic Preservation, nonprofit
        housing organizations, members of the for-profit development
        community, and the Preservation Trust traveled to Brattleboro.
        In the end it was clear that there was only one hope to save the
        Wilder Block and put it back into a good use. Understanding that
        that they were the only ones do it, the Brattleboro Area
        Community Land Trust and Housing Vermont stuck their collective
        neck out and pulled off a remarkable transformation.

        We are in awe of their willingness to take on such a difficult
        challenge. Completed in December 2006, the $2.9 million
        rehabilitation of the historic Wilder Block created eight
        affordable apartments, office uses, and amazing
        story of courage, financial commitment, passion, and commitment
        to quality and detail.

        *Revitalizing Waterbury for restoration of the Waterbury
        Railroad Station*
        Built in 1875, the Central Vermont Railroad Station served as a
        centerpiece for downtown Waterbury in the first half of the
        20^th century.

        Although still functioning as an Amtrak rail station, the
        building underwent a number of changes: removal of the tower,
        the baggage building, canopy, and a significant portion of its
        architectural detailing, ornamentation and charm. Because of its
        deteriorated condition, trees were planted in front of the
        building at the Town Green to hide it from view.

        In 1997, Revitalizing Waterbury, a local non-profit
        organization, started a long community journey to rescue the

        With the help of an Agency of Transportation Enhancement Grant,
        Historic Preservation Grants, Great American Stations Foundation
        grant, local fundraising, a grant from the Green Mountain Coffee
        Roasters, and lots of volunteer hours, the station was
        beautifully restored and today continues to serve as an Amtrak
        station, an inter-modal transportation center, visitors center,
        and Café for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

        Once again it is a proud centerpiece for downtown Waterbury.

        *Mount** Holly **Barn Preservation Association*
        The Mount Holly Barn Preservation Association was formed as a
        non-profit corporation in June 2005. During the past two years,
        the Association has:

            * Surveyed, photographed and mapped all the historic barns
              in Mount Holly;
            * Received a grant from the Preservation Trust for expert
              evaluation of the condition of the barns;
            * Sorted barns by order of need;
            * Applied for and received a grant from the Division for
              Historic Preservation for work on 5 barns in 2006 and 2
              barns in 2007 (that they matched 4:1);
            * Organized volunteers, sponsored workshops on cabling, and
              educated the community—young and old—on the importance
              of the Town’s historic barns;
            * And now is taking their program Statewide.

        We’re pleased to honor the Association for its enthusiasm,
        contagious optimism, and inclusiveness both in reaching out to
        the entire Mt. Holly community, but also the State of Vermont.
        Receiving the award on behalf of the committee is Annette Lynch.

        *Ludlow** Town Hall Restoration Committee
        *Built in 1901, the Ludlow Town Hall houses the Town and Village
        government and serves as a venue for cultural events, basketball
        games, school art exhibits, social and recreational events, and
        town meetings. In 2005, a committee of local citizens decided it
        was time to bring their aging Town Hall into the 21^st century.

        A comprehensive improvement plan was presented to the citizens
        who overwhelmingly approved a $750,000 bond that, combined with
        grants, transformed the upstairs auditorium into a solid
        performance venue with state of the art acoustics.

        Historic wood windows were conserved; alligatored paint removed
        and finishes restored, historic steam radiators modified to
        accommodate hot water, metal fire shutters restored and the
        municipal office hallway spruced up. The Restoration Committee
        brought new life to this historic Town Hall. The award is being
        accepted by Town Manager Frank Heald and Chair of the
        Restoration Committee, Ralph Pace.

        *Vermont** Humanities Council for the rehabilitation of the 1873
        George Scott residence in downtown Montpelier.
        *In December 2004 the Vermont Humanities Council purchased the
        Italianate style Scott House near downtown Montpelier and
        transformed it into their headquarters. The project required the
        Council to undertake its first capital campaign, raising
        $680,000 for the project.

        The VHC board felt strongly that, given the Council’s mission,
        it was appropriate to commit to preserving an historic building
        in the state capitol and to renovating it in a manner that
        demonstrated the compatibility of environmental responsibility
        and historic preservation. With a $50,000 challenge grant from
        Jan and David Blittersdorf for energy efficiency, VHC worked
        closely with the Division for Historic Preservation, their
        architect, and contractor and tightened the building, installed
        a more efficient furnace, including switching from steam to hot
        water, installed an air-to-air heat exchange for ventilation,
        removed most carpeting, used low VOC paints and finishes,
        installed high-efficiency lighting and water saving toilets.

        The result is a model house that has reduced energy consumption
        through sustainable preservation and a new face for the
        Humanities Council with a headquarters adjacent to downtown

        *Jim and Lorraine Impey, for their investment of time, money,
        and vision in rehabilitating a number of St. Johnsbury’s
        historic properties
        *Scattered in St. Johnsbury are impeccably rehabilitated
        buildings that lift up the neighborhood. You may recognize some
        of them:

            * Fairbanks Cottage on Route 2 as you enter St. Johnsbury
              from the West;
            * several Washington Avenue Apartment Buildings;
            * the rehabilitation, adapted reuse, and sensitive addition
              on the former St. Johnsbury Fish Hatchery;
            * and the recently completed Summer Street School adapted
              reuse project.

        Jim and Lorraine’s contribution to their community goes beyond
        good historic preservation practice. They quite literally give
        back to St. Johnsbury through a charitable foundation that
        provides support to non-profit organizations such as Catamount
        Arts and the Athenaeum. Their quiet generosity led community
        leaders to nominate the Impeys for a 2007 Preservation Award.

        *Vermont** Housing and Conservation Board on their 20^th Anniversary
        *The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board is one of the most
        notable accomplishments in Vermont. Founded in 1987 as an
        independent state agency to achieve a unique multi-goal mission
        of land conservation, affordable housing, and historic
        preservation, VHCB has significantly advanced the realization of
        communities and preservation of their unique resources.

        In its 20 year history, VHCB has funded 8,463 units of
        perpetually affordable housing, conserved 418 farms with 117,081
        acres, and protected 248,494 acres of natural area and
        recreational land.

        The Board prioritizes housing that is located within community
        centers and within existing buildings. Examples include the
        Wilder Block in Brattleboro, conversion of the YWCA in
        Burlington to COTS housing, the Tuttle Building in the heart of
        downtown Rutland for affordable housing, and conversion of
        Fair Haven’s Marble House to assisted living housing.

        VHCB’s central innovation is to reframe housing, conservation
        and historic preservation as a complementary—rather than
        competitive—public policy and community goal. VHCB has touched
        communities—large and small, rural and urban—across the state.
        It has nurtured a network of 58 housing and conservation non
        profit organizations across Vermont to develop high quality,
        well-leveraged projects that enhance Vermont’s unique resources
        and advance its social, economic and environmental well being.

        *Special Recognition of Senator James Jeffords for his tireless
        efforts on behalf of Vermont’s Historic Places
        *Jim Jeffords served the State of Vermont for 16 years in the
        U.S. Senate. During that time, Jim gained a reputation for
        supporting the preservation, conservation, and interpretation of
        our cultural heritage and natural resources.

        He championed national historic preservation agendas, authoring
        the National Historic Bridge Preservation Act and the National
        Historic Barn Preservation Act. He secured funding to help
        restore many of Vermont’s historic landmarks, taking particular
        interest in community opera houses—he understood the importance
        of opera houses and cultural venues to communities large and small.

        Senator Jeffords championed stewardship and interpretation of
        historic and cultural landscapes through the National Park
        service and worked with Senator Leahy to secure funding for the
        historic barn and mill complex at Vermont’s first National Park:
        the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park. He loved
        history, and in 1991 convened historians and stakeholders to
        begin a study that culminated in the passing of the Champlain
        Valley National Heritage Partnership Act in 2006.

        The purpose of the Act is “to assist the State of Vermont and
        New York, including units of local government and
        nongovernmental organization in the States, in preserving,
        protecting, and interpreting those resources for the benefit of
        the people of the United States.”

        It is with great enthusiasm that today we honor Senator Jeffords
        with a 2007 Preservation Award. His dogged determination in
        getting the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership Act
        passed will leave a legacy of preservation in Vermont.

    */2007 Grand Isle Lake House Retreats /*

    The Preservation Trust of Vermont invites you to attend a 2-day
    Retreat at the Grand Isle Lake House. Retreats are for groups who
    are undertaking historic preservation or community development
    projects. Each group is asked to present a ten minute case study
    describing their project or situation that frames a problem,
    followed by a group discussion.

    The whole idea is to bring people together who are working on
    similar kinds of initiatives so that they can share experiences and
    support. Typically 6-7 groups of 2-4 people attend each retreat.

    Dates and areas of focus are:


          July 23-24: Focus on Arts and Industrial Heritage Projects


          August 27-28: Fundraising and Project Management


          September 10-11: Designated Village Centers


          September 17-18: Barns


          October 15-16: (open)

    All inclusive cost is $50/ per person for a shared room, $75 for a
    single (first come basis). Space is limited, so reservations should
    be made as early as possible to assure accommodation. Deadline is
    two weeks before each retreat. For reservations, please send a check
    along with the name, address, phone, e-mail, and special need or
    diet consideration for each attendee. On the check, indicate Retreat

    Reservations should be mailed to Preservation Trust of VT, attn:
    retreats, 104 Church St. , Burlington , VT 05401 Check-in at the
    Lake House is 2:30. The retreat begins promptly at 3:00 and finishes
    by 2:00 the following afternoon.

    For questions or more information, please contact a Preservation
    Trust staff member:

    Ann Cousins 802-434-5014; [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
    Doug Porter 802-644-2815; [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
    Meg Cambell 802-442-8951; [log in to unmask]
    <mailto:[log in to unmask]> (Bennington County)
    Paul Bruhn 802-658-6647; [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
    Elise Seraus 802-658-6647; [log in to unmask]
    <mailto:[log in to unmask]>

    For a preview of the Lake House, please see our web site: <>. We are grateful to
    the Claneil Foundation for helping to underwrite the cost of the
    Grand Isle Lake House Retreats!

    /*May 16th Preservation Conference in Montpelier
    **Our Challenge: Helping to Build Successful Communities
    The May 16th annual Historic Preservation Conference, hosted by the
    Preservation Trust of Vermont and the Division for Historic
    Preservation, drew a crowd of approximately 175 people. Held at the
    Chapel on the campus of Union Institute - Vermont College, the day
    started with an organ concert by Charles Callahan performing on the
    Chapel's 1884 Hutchings pipe organ followed by an official welcome
    from Governor Jim Douglas.

    Glenn Andres set the stage with a slide lecture that characterized
    the specialness of Vermont cities and towns as physical records of
    local heroes, ambitions, and ingenuity. He pointed out that Vermont
    is achieving international recognition for its distinctive character.

    A critical challenge facing Vermont is maintaining our unique
    identity against the homogenization that comes with the invasion of
    cookie-cutter, mega, chain retailers. Sharon Earhart, from Powell
    Wyoming, described how her town started a community-owned, downtown
    Mercantile--a model for Vermont communities!

    Kennedy Lawson Smith, one of the nation's foremost experts on
    commercial district revitalization and development, shared success
    stories from independent main street retailers across the country.

    Commissioner Bruce Hyde summarized the day by equating the
    importance of Vermont's character to its economy. This year
    Vermont's Northeast Kingdom was ranked among the world's best
    tourism destinations through National Geographic's Ecotoursim
    Program. And Vermont downtowns were among three finalists for the
    Tourism for Tomorrow awards, competing with Australia's Great
    Barrier Reef and Ireland's Greenbox project. The world is
    recognizing Vermont's uniqueness. Our challenge is to protect those
    qualities that make us special.

    Contact the Preservation Trust for a CD and/or DVD of speakers'
    presentations. [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>

    A big thank you to all of our conference sponsors! Please take a
    moment to visit this great list of preservation resource people in

    */Found at May 16th Conference at Vermont College/*

    A pair of eyeglasses and a baseball cap. If they are yours, please
    contact Ann Cousins at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
    or (802) 434-5014. Thank you!



    */Vermont Ranks #1 in Per Capita Use of Historic Building Credits
    /*Governor Jim Douglas recently announced that Vermont is first in
    the nation in per capita use of federal tax incentives to
    rehabilitate and revitalize historic buildings, downtowns and
    village centers.

    Speaking at the 13th Annual Historic Preservation Conference in
    Montpelier, the Governor said Vermont ranked fifth among the fifty
    states in terms of total federal dollars deployed – up from 15th –
    with 45 approved projects worth just under $10 million and first on
    a per capita basis.

    “These projects leverage significant private investment, and
    rehabilitation of historic buildings in downtown areas results in
    increased economic activity,” Governor Douglas said. “And of course
    it preserves a key part of what makes Vermont special: Our iconic
    downtowns and village centers.”

    Vermont was surpassed only by Missouri, Virginia, Ohio, and North
    Carolina, significantly larger states in both land area and population.

    The Governor noted that Vermont typically ranks among the top states
    nationally, but that last year’s performance surged in part due to
    improvements his administration has made to the state’s
    designated “downtown” and “village center” tax credits that better
    leveraged federal credits and made the program more accessible to
    Vermont’s small business owners. To date the state has 22 Designated
    Downtowns and 69 Village Centers, with more added monthly.

    The federal program returns 20% of eligible expenses for the
    rehabilitation of income producing historic buildings listed or
    eligible for listing on the National Register in the form of federal
    tax credits. Over 10,000 buildings in Vermont are pre-qualified for
    tax credits and there is enormous potential for even greater use of
    the program in Vermont. The rehabilitation tax credit programs are
    administered by Department of Housing and Community Affair’s
    Division for Historic Preservation, in partnership with local
    communities. Additional details and application guidelines are
    available at <>

    */June 8th: Context Sensitive Solutions in Transportation Planning,
    /*On Friday, June 8, 2007, the University of Vermont (UVM) will host
    a one-day symposium titled: /Transportation and Historic
    Preservation: The Road to Affordable Context Sensitive Solutions/.
    Sponsors of the conference are UVM’s Graduate Program in Historic
    Preservation and its National University Transportation Center . Key
    note speakers at opening and closing plenary sessions include
    Timothy Neuman from CH2M Hill in Chicago ; Luisa Paiewonsky,
    Commissioner of the Massachusetts Highway Department; Carol Murray,
    former Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of
    Transportation, and UVM Professor Emeritus, Chester Liebs, currently
    Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo. Concurrent
    morning and afternoon panel sessions will explore a number of
    important topics including: Economic Analysis and Cost Comparisons
    of CSS; Multidisciplinary Design Teams for CSS; Transportation
    Agency Training Programs for CSS; Engaging Stakeholders and
    Identifying Community Values; and case studies addressing a variety
    of contexts. Co-sponsors include the Vermont Agency of
    Transportation, the Massachusetts Highway Department, and the TRB
    Committee on Historic and Archeological Preservation in Transportation.

    Register on line at

    */June 13th: Quadricentennial Workshop, Colchester
    /*Please join the Lake Champlain Basin Program for the Champlain
    Quadricentennial Workshop on Wednesday, June 13 at Saint Michael’s
    College in Colchester, Vermont. The workshop’s goals include: 1)
    provide participants with an overview of the preparations for the
    Quadricentennial in Vermont, New York and Quebec; 2) give the
    commissions a platform to connect with potential partners (i.e. use
    of the VT/NY logos, registering events for 2009, getting people
    involved); and 3) host breakout discussions on the Champlain Bridge
    Signature Event; programs and events focused on Native American and
    Franco-American culture and heritage; lake-wide efforts regarding
    arts, culture and pageantry in 2009.

    The Days Inn Hotel across the road from Saint Michael’s is offering
    a special overnight rate for workshop participants. Call
    802-655-0900 for more information. Pre-registration for the workshop
    is required by _June 5, 2007_. Please RSVP to [log in to unmask]
    <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

    */July 18th: Advancing Vermont’s Creative Economy, Montpelier
    /*On July 18^th the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) will
    host a conference on Advancing Vermont’s Creative Economy. The event
    will take place from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the State House in

    This conference will bring together local and statewide leaders who
    are using cultural development to support strong economic
    development. This conference celebrates work already undertaken in
    towns across the state. At the same time, it will engage
    participants in thinking proactively about the future of Vermont’s
    creative economy, including specific recommendations for
    incorporating the creative economy perspective into strong economic
    development strategies.

    Discussion topics for the day include: incubating creative new
    businesses, developing arts and community facilities, advancing
    agricultural innovation, and building a creative economy region.
    Bill Schubart, CEO of Resolution, Inc., will be the featured
    speaker. A full overview is available online at <>. * *

    VCRD is one of many organizations around the state that have worked
    on the creative economy over the past several years. An even greater
    number of individual communities have started to look for ways to
    strengthen their own creative economy. The creative economy has
    broadened our conversation around what makes a strong economy. In
    addition to traditional businesses and economic development
    organizations, the creative economy draws in artists,
    preservationists, heritage organizations, non-profit organizations,
    entrepreneurs, educators and many others.

    The information shared and policy discussions sparked on July 18^th
    should be engaging for both those familiar with the creative economy
    and those for whom it is a new concept. Space is limited, so please
    submit registrations early. A registration is available online at <>. Questions can be
    sent to [log in to unmask]
    <mailto:[log in to unmask]> or by calling 828-6003.

    */Downtown Board Awards Over $300,000 For Transportation Projects
    /*Five Vermont communities will share more than $300,000 in grants
    to improve transportation infrastructure in their downtowns, state
    officials announced recently. The Vermont Downtown Development Board
    awarded the grants from the Downtown Transportation Fund, which was
    created by the legislature in 1998 to support the revitalization
    of the state’s downtowns.

    Awards were made to:

        * Rutland - $75,000 for new streetlights on Center Street;
        * St Johnsbury - $75,000 to support the rehabilitation of the
          historic train station as a welcome center;
        * St Albans - $66,574 for sidewalk replacement in Taylor Park;
        * Middlebury - $70,000 for streetscape improvements;
        * Morrisville - $25,000 for new streetlights on Copley Street.

    At the same meeting the board renewed the “Designated Downtown”
    status for the communities of Brandon and Vergennes. In order to
    obtain or retain downtown designation, a community must demonstrate
    a long term commitment to revitalization through planning, capital
    improvements, economic development, and preservation of historic
    resources. The community must also have an established downtown
    organization devoted to managing the revitalization effort - from
    setting work priorities to organizing volunteers and raising the
    funds necessary to support its work.

    As two of the state’s 22 designated downtowns, these communities are
    eligible to apply for a variety of programs to assist revitalization
    projects, including the Downtown Transportation Fund, and tax
    credits for the rehabilitation of older and historic buildings and
    for safety and code compliance.

    Finally, the Board also renewed “Designated Village Center” status
    for Barton and Peacham, which are among the 73 village centers
    participating in the program. These designations are renewed every 3

    More information can be found at the Agency of Commerce and
    Community Development’s Vermont Downtown Program website,

    */National Register News
    /*The National Park Service has recently listed the following
    Vermont property on the National Register of Historic Places:

        *School Street Duplexes, Bennington
        *//The duplex residences at 343-345 and 347-349 School Street in
        Bennington are intact examples of working class housing stock
        typical of New England mill towns during the 1910s and 1920s.
        Nearly identical to each other, the circa 1916 duplexes are
        modest in design and materials. The buildings incorporate Queen
        Anne style embellishments such as wide front and rear porches,
        large one-over-one windows with leaded glass panels, and
        decorative interior moldings and paneling that were desirable
        features in new homes during these years.

        Built as a speculative venture during the economically
        prosperous years around the time of the First Great War, the
        duplexes provided rental housing for four working class
        families. The buildings are within walking distance of the
        town’s principal textile factories along the Walloomsac River
        and directly opposite a locally significant historic industrial
        site which includes a grain elevator, saw mill, and coal and
        wood yard. The buildings are being rehabbed for affordable
        housing using the RITC. **

        *Morrisville Historic District (Boundary Increase)
        *This nomination increased the boundaries of the original
        Morrisville Historic District that was listed on the National
        Register in 1983. It was undertaken by the town to compliment
        their Designated Downtown program. There are 74 contributing and
        37 non-contributing resources in the boundary increase. These
        additional resources provide a more complete context for the
        historical, commercial, industrial, civic, religious and
        residential development of downtown Morrisville. Two historic
        bridges are added because they form gateways into the northwest
        corner of the original downtown historic district. **



    */John Leeke's Historic HomeWorks™
    This is the first installment of a regular question and answer
    column on the maintenance and preservation of historic (and just
    plain old) buildings by John Leeke, American Preservationeer. As an
    historic building specialist, Leeke has been helping owners,
    tradespeople, contractors and architects understand and maintain
    their historic buildings for 20 years. he has been restoring
    historic buildings in New England for over 35 years and still spends
    a good part of his time "with hammer in hand". He has written on
    restoration and preservation topics for Old-House Journal magazine,
    Fine Homebuilding, The Journal of Light Construction and other
    national publications. He now writes and publishes the Practical
    Restoration Reports.

        /*Exterior Paint & Clapboards*/

        /I live in an old farmhouse in Vermont . The oldest part of the
        house still has it's original clapboards that date to about
        1830. The paint was in fairly rough condition here (peeling) as
        it gets afternoon direct sun. We had the wall scraped
        thoroughly, then primed and painted the wall. Much to my dismay,
        the new paint is already peeling rather dramatically on this
        wall. Do you have an idea of why this particular wall doesn't
        seem to hold paint? – Mike in Vermont

        /The cause of your peeling paint appears to be heavy paint
        buildup, exacerbated by moisture. It looks like your fine old
        clapboards are not the cause of the problem. The main source of
        moisture is probably rain, seeping into the cracks in the paint
        film and at joints between wooden parts. Moisture from inside
        the wall or house may also contribute.

        The only low-cost solution is spot paint maintenance. For a more
        costly long-term solution there are two approaches: complete
        paint removal down to bare wood then starting over with
        re-painting; or replacement of the woodwork.

        /Spot Paint Maintenance Program
        /This treatment "goes with the flow" in that the paint is
        allowed to peel off, mostly at its own rate. Full coating is not
        done since this would further shorten the cycle of coating and
        peeling. Appearance will be "variable," but is not usually
        consider "shabby". Every three to five years the paint surfaces
        are cleaned, loose paint is knocked off and the bare wood in
        these spots is primed and painted. There is no attempt to
        feather the thick edge of heavy paint buildup since it will do
        little to extend the life of the work. Relatively weak
        "oil-based" primers and paints are used. Matching the color and
        sheen of the surrounding paint is important. This is a
        relatively low cost treatment, but it must be repeated for as
        long as there is heavy paint buildup that is peeling off. Lead
        containing waste material does not usually require costly
        special handling and disposal since relatively smaller amounts
        are generated, although you will still want to handle and
        dispose of them responsibly. The continuing cost of this
        treatment over the long-term might be higher than complete
        removal. Typical costs are $5. - $11./sq.ft. with only 10-30% of
        the exterior needing treatment.

        /Complete Paint Removal and Recoating
        /All paint is removed down to bare wood. The surface is prepared
        and oiled if needed, primed, and painted with two top coats.
        "Oil-based primer is used and top coats are so-called "latex"
        with 100% acrylic binders. This is a very high cost treatment,
        but is only done once. Since it removes the basic cause of the
        problem (excessive paint buildup) the cost of continuing
        maintenance is much lower than the spot paint maintenance
        approach. Typical costs are $16. - $26./sq.ft.. This includes
        access, removal, consolidating oil, primer, 2 top coats paint,
        but does not include the cost of disposal of special or
        hazardous lead paint waste. In recent years the rising costs of
        safely removing and disposing of lead paint has made complete
        removal a choice of last resort. Usually Steam Paint Removal or
        chemical methods are used since grinding the paint off with
        sanders or “shavers” creates large volumes of lead dust, and
        dry-heat removal methods are a fire risk. We often limit
        complete paint removal to areas with difficult access such as
        towers where long-term performance is needed and on areas where
        appearance is important such as at front doorways. And then we
        do spot paint maintenance on the rest of the place.

        /Clapboard Replacement
        /If you go this route, use vertical-grain radial-sawn
        clapboards, which hold paint better than ordinary flat-sawn
        clapboards. The difficulty with replacing the woodwork is that
        you will have to pay top dollar for the best quality clapboards
        and knowledgeable carpenters to install them. Even then you may
        not get clapboards as good as the ones you have now. Old wood is
        often much better quality and more durable than new wood. Saving
        your old clapboards by doing spot paint maintenance or complete
        paint removal could cost less in the long run.

        Clapboard Suppliers:
        Ward Clapboard Mill
        Moretown , Vermont · 802-496-3581
        Patten, Maine · 207-528-2933 <>

        Stephen Jeffery
        269 France Road
        Barrington , NH 03825
        603 664-9002
        [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>

        Learn more about clapboards and paint at John’s three-day
        workshop and training session on exterior woodwork repairs and
        painting, June 22-24, at his shop in Portland . Details <>

    Contact Leeke directly for answers to your questions and more
    information on techniques for restoring and maintaining your
    historic building. Write to John Leeke, Preservation Consultant at
    26 Higgins St. , Portland ME 04103 , 207 773-2306; or by E-mail at
    [log in to unmask]
    <mailto:[log in to unmask]> or visit his Internet Web
    Site at
    <>. Back issues of John Leeke's
    column will soon be available on the Preservation Trust of Vermont
    website...stay tuned!

    */Also available for Homeowners from the Vermont Division for
    Historic Preservation:/*

    Inspection Checklist for Historic Buildings

    Rehab Do's and Don'ts



    */Feasibility Assessment Manual for Historic Buildings/
    Helping Preservationists Build the Case for Reusing Older Buildings *

    “That old building isn’t good for anything – let’s demolish it and
    start fresh”

    Preservationists know otherwise, and a new publication available
    from the National Trust’s Preservation Books series will help them
    make an informed and realistic argument for reuse.

    The /Feasibility Assessment Manual for Historic Buildings/, by real
    estate consultant Donovan Rypkema, provides a step-by-step process
    and a set of questions to enable an assessment team to determine
    whether or not a building project is feasible and then prepare a
    written report to support the team’s findings. Following the steps
    set out in the manual, the feasibility team begins by identifying
    objectives, gathering and evaluating information, and finally
    reaching a conclusion as to feasibility of reusing the building. A
    CD-ROM includes Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to help team members
    calculate capital costs, income and expenses, and operating costs.

    The manual includes an outline for the final report, which allows
    the team to organize its research into a logical format to answer
    the question, “Is the project feasible?”

    Order from Preservation Books,
    <>, 202-588-6296.

    /*Ten Tips for Managing an Historic Preservation Project
    */*From the Staff of the Preservation Trust of Vermont*

    As you start down the path of saving and using your historic
    building, here are a few tips to help you along the way:


          Always thank your contributors. Have you ever not been thanked
          by an organization you contributed to? Remember how you felt?


          Keep careful records about your project. Maintain a list of
          contributors and the chronology of your effort. You'll need
          this information to tell the story of your success.


          Make sure that everyone connected with your effort knows the
          history and chronology of the project. They should also know
          who contributed.


          Involve as many people as possible in the effort. Teams do work!


          Saving great historic buildings is hard work, so be sure to
          find ways to have fun along the way. We can tell what other
          organizations have done.


          Find an important use for the finished building. The more the
          building is used, the more people will appreciate it and help
          maintain it over the long term.


          When hiring an architect and contractor, be sure to get people
          who appreciate old buildings and have a lot of experience
          working on them. Visit some of the buildings they have worked on.


          If you are lucky enough to receive a grant, be sure to
          understand and follow all of the conditions required by the
          donor. If reports are required, mark the dates on your
          calendar and be sure to submit them on time. Be sure to say
          thank you!


          Keep in touch with your supporters. Let them know how the
          effort is moving along.


          Publicize your progress. When you receive a grant or large
          donation, celebrate by letting the local paper, radio station,
          and television know. Be sure to recognize the donor, and be
          sure to get their name right!



    */June 23, Stone Wall Repairs Workshop at Shelburne Farms,
    Shelburne, Vermont /*

    Shelburne Farms was the home of Dr. Seward Webb and Lila Vanderbilt
    Webb. Today, the site is managed by a nonprofit organization with a
    leadership role in environmental stewardship. The property is and
    was a grand estate, but it was and is a working farm.

    The Farm Barn, five stories of stone and timber, features a
    magnificent stone wall, laid with mortar, in the style of a medieval
    fortified wall. It was built around 1890, and has endured a harsh
    climate and some improper repointing.

    This day-long workshop takes us behind the scenes during the first
    of a series of repairs on the wall to take place over the next
    several summer seasons.

    Our learning objectives for this day include the following:


          Learn about the wall’s design;


          Understand why the wall has failed and how to correct it
          without compromising its historic integrity;


          Learn about mortar composition and compatibility with adjacent


          Observe the repairs and try your hand at them as well;


          Work with the preservation specialists who are working on the


          Learn about the use of a pneumatic tool to clean out old
          mortar manufactured by Vermont’s Trow and Holden.

    For more information, please contact [log in to unmask]
    <mailto:[log in to unmask]> or 802 674-6752 no later than June
    15^th . You may register on-line at
    <> as well. Instructors are John
    Wastrom, Mason, and James Duggan, President, Preservation Unlimited.

    */Executive Director, Maine Preservation
    /**Maine Preservation*, the statewide nonprofit organization whose
    mission is to promote the preservation, protection and vitality of
    Maine’s historic places and encourage quality design that
    contributes to the livability of communities, *seeks a proven
    professional to serve as its full-time Executive Director. *

    The Executive Director (ED) will manage the overall operations of
    the organization within the scope of policies and guidance set forth
    by the Board of Trustees. This is a small office with a big program.
    Presently the Executive Director is assisted by a full-time Office
    Manager. The ED is involved in all current program components
    organized by the following committees: Executive, Development,
    Public Policy, Education/Outreach, Easements, Nominations, and

    For more information including a complete job description visit <> or
    email [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

    */Director and State Historic Preservation Officer, New Hampshire
    /*The State of New Hampshire, Department of Cultural Resources,
    Division of Historical Resources, is seeking a Director and State
    Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) to administer New Hampshire’s
    State Historic Preservation Office. The Director reports to the
    Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources and supervises
    a staff of professional historians, architectural historians,
    archaeologists and support staff. As SHPO, the Director manages the
    federal preservation program in New Hampshire, including the
    National Register of Historic Places, Historic Preservation Tax
    Credits, Section 106 Environmental Review, Certified Local
    Governments, Survey and Inventory, Planning, Covenant and Technical
    Assistance programs.

    For more information, please contact Kathleen Stanick, Business
    Administrator, [log in to unmask]
    <mailto:[log in to unmask]> or 603/271-2400.


    *Historic Vermont* is available free to subscribers. To subscribe or
    unsubscribe, please visit our website To submit something for
    publication, please contact Meg Campbell at [log in to unmask]
    <mailto:[log in to unmask]>




Kristin Peterson-Ishaq
Coordinator, Center for Research on Vermont
     and Vermont Studies Program
University of Vermont
589 Main Street, Nolin House
Burlington, VT  05401-3439
Email: <[log in to unmask]>; Telephone: 802-656-8363
Fax: 802-656-8518; Web site: <>

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