Howland Beacon Cultural Center receives Preserve New York grant

BEACON – The New York State Preservation League has awarded the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon a $ 10,000 grant to help fund a building condition report at the facility.

“The grant kicks off ‘Howland 150’, a key initiative to raise funds to continue the restoration and maintenance of the 1872 building which will soon be 150 years old,” said Craig Wolf, president of the ‘non-profit organisation. The Howland will celebrate the building’s 150th anniversarye anniversary throughout 2022, “with a year of renovations, programming and festive events focused on illuminating Beacon’s strong artistic and cultural community, all centered on the anniversary date of August 5, 2022,” said Scott Ramsey, who chairs the center’s fundraising committee.

The building at 477 Main Street opened on August 5, 1872. Sponsor Joseph Howland gave it as a gift to the community to operate as the Howland Circulating Library.

Howland was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

The Preserve New York grant will allow architect Jeff Wilkinson to prepare a condition of the building report that includes a priority list of the work items needed for its long-term preservation and the cost estimates needed to guide collection efforts. funds.

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