Greetings friends and readers! I'm trying to raise $1,275 to restore ONE window and storm window on the first floor of the Salem Athenaeum. All donations are being MATCHED 1:1 by the Massachusetts Historical Commission, which has awarded us a $35,000 grant.
This is one of the most beautiful spaces for people to read and gather in...and I get to work here! (I am happy to give you a tour anytime!) Membership is open to all and in this space writers channel the spirit of former member Nathaniel Hawthorne as they gather to write twice a week. BUT the old windows are drafty and inefficient. Fixing them will help us to save money on heating and cooling costs and will be better for the collections and the people who use them. This is part of a multi-year project to "secure the envelope" of the Athenaeum.
These original 1907 windows look OK from afar, but get up close and you see they have needs. The Athenaeum will be bringing in experts to do the following work:
- Chip and remove loose, flaking glazing putty
- Replace broken panes and sash cords
- Repair any rot, weak joints, and surface damage
- Remove paint, repaint, clean, wax, and re-install
- Fabricate storm windows
Per window restoration costs range from $650 to $4,500. As funding is raised, the work on each window will take between a day and three weeks, depending on condition. The total cost of the project is up to $70,000 and we have received a matching grant of $35,000 from the Massachusetts Historical Commission's Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund.
For more information about the campaign, ask me, visit salemathenaeum.net/windows or contact: Jean Marie Procious, Executive Director, at 978.744.2540 or email@example.com.
Thank you for your support!