Camden Public Library receives historic preservation grant

By Dwight Collins | Jan 23, 2014
Photo by: Dwight Collins The town of Camden, in partnership with Camden Public Library, was awarded a $12,500 grant to continue with historic preservation of the building.

Camden — A $12,500 grant will allow repairs to steps and railings near the original Camden Public Library main entrance as well as other repairs on the property.

"Our library is a gem that we are entrusted to steward for this generation and the next,” said Nikki Maounis, executive director of the library. “With this grant we can be sure to continue the preservation work needed to assure that this extraordinary resource is here for our children and our grandchildren."

The grant was awarded to the town and library by the Belvedere Fund for Historic Preservation of the Maine Community Foundation, in cooperation with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. Funding will be matched with money from the library’s current budget.

Repairs are planned for the steps and railings at the original main entrance as well as a stone wall and iron railings bordering the property. Work on the grounds will begin in the spring and is slated for completion by summer 2014. The property is owned by the town.

Camden's application was one of 13 selected from 27 submitted for this year’s round of funding.

Camden Public Library and Amphitheatre were designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2013. In July, a celebration of the designation took place at the Amphitheatre with a musical concert and ceremony. The theme of the ceremony was the1930s -- the decade in which the Amphitheatre officially opened. The library opened in 1928.

“We are thankful our project was selected for funding and were pleased to again partner with the library on this opportunity,” said Brian Hodges, Camden Development Director. “The historic assets of Camden add to its identity and investing in their preservation generates a significant return that ripples throughout the community and region.”

For more information contact Brian Hodges at 236-3353 or bhodges@camdenmaine.gov; or Penney Read, development and communications director at Camden Public Library at 236-3440 or pread@librarycamden.org.

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