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Front Page News

May 13, 2015


Northwood Church Receives

$200,000 LCHIP Grant

By Pamela English

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The Northwood Congregational Church building is one of the best surviving examples of a Greek Revival architecture in northern New England.


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Foundation problems include the need to support existing boulders and install additional center support columns under the floor of the sanctuary.


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Work on the front porch area will include restora- tion of the four columns, removal of decayed wood, realignment of the foundation, drainage and reconstruction of the front steps.


By 2010, members of the Northwood Congregational Church UCC were becoming concerned about the deterioration of the church’s front porch and columns. A Sanctuary Preservation Committee was formed to study the situation and a building preservation firm was hired. Their structural assessment team found extensive deterioration in several other areas, including the sills and framing of the east and west walls, and the central column supports. The four hollow wooden Doric columns sup- porting the roof of the portico and the bell tower showed decay, along with the porch decking, causing the upper attic structure to begin sagging. Past decay on the porch headers, joists, and sills has caused the deck to separate and pull away from the main building. Since the columns rest on the porch surface, replacing the deck would not possible without removing the columns.


It quickly became apparent that the project called for more than a volunteer committee. A professional capital campaign consultant was contracted in 2013 to help with both fundraising and finding the right construction firms. Because the Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places it is critical to find contractors who will rehabilitate within the Secretary of the Interior Standards.  The capital campaign for the historic rehabilitation of the sanctuary, under the guidance of Peggy and Chris Kofer, ran from Jan. 2014 to the first of May 2014, and raised over $270,000. It focused only on church members and attendees, not the community at large. With that amount as a match, the Church applied for an LCHIP grant and was awarded $200,000.






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