October is the time of our " Annual Campaign " for donations, but they are welcome any time of the year. Donations are used to continue the building renovations.
What has been done so far:
*New Marble Steps & Railings
*Exterior bricks repointed
*Exterior building painted
*Reconstruct the front staircase and install a handicap lift
* Fire Suppression System (2008)
*Replace the crumbling cement portico with bluestone (2008)
*Electric Upgrades (2008)
*Interior Painting (2008)
*New Theater Curtains & Grid (2008)
*Purchase and installation of Multi-Media Mixing Board, Projector & Screen (2008)
*Installation of 2 New Electric Service Boxes and major upgrading of existing electric wiring & installation of theater lighting (2009)
*Installation of 4 new overhead lights in Main Hall (2010)
*Complete renovation of the Basement (2012) including:
Demolition work (including removing walls for former selectboard and listers room, & the men's bathroom
Install new utility/water/sewer lines for new bathrooms
New raised cement floor for bathrooms
Install radiant heat for bathrooms
Resurface floor in new foyer in basement
New exterior door
New Oil tank and water heater
Install handicap compliant cement sidewalk
Construct enclosed stairway from back stage to basement
Install energy efficient bathroom fixtures and lighting
Remodel the "old" women's bathroom & create a janitors room in place of the former men's bathroom
*Install new hot water baseboard heating for the meeting room in the basement (2013)
*New computerized theater lighting, assisted listening devices, and electrical upgrades (2015)
*Motorize the basement entry door (2015)
*Furnace installed by the Town of Brandon by the main floor of the Hall (2016)
Projects In Process:
Windows (there are 10) on the main floor. The repairs will include replacing the missing rope and weight system that raises and lowers the windows, broken panes of glass, the caulking, as well as repairing muntins, sill, sash and jamb of each panel (there are 3 panels per window opening). The project will include scraping and painting all the windows and the trim around those ten windows. Estimated cost - $30,000. UPDATE December 2016 - Because of your generosity this past summer we have enough money to rehab the two front windows on the main floor of the Hall. You will see plywood in place of the windows while the repairs are being done. The Friends thank the Division for Historic Preservation for their trust in the Friends and working with us when the contractor awarded the bid could not complele the project. Their assistance in finding someone to complete the project is greatly appreciated.
Projects Still to be Done:
Roof! It leaks and has had two repairs in 2013. The roof is the original slate. It needs to be removed, saving the slate. The guano from bats and pigeons (4+ inches thick) will be removed and insulation installed. Timbers will be repaired/replaced as needed. Plywood will be laid down on the timbers and covered with a membrane before the slate is replaced with copper hangers. Estimated cost - $300,000.
Cooling System to make the summer months more comfortable. Estimated cost - $100,000
The Balcony needs to be inspected for its structural integrity, all the chairs need to be repaired (we're hoping to save those that have horsehair in the cushions!), and the flooring refinished. Estimated cost - $75,000
The Ceiling Because of the leaks in the roof, and the subsequent moisture, some of the lath and plaster has cracked and in several places fallen. Estimated cost - $75,000
Caterer's Kitchen will be in part of the meeting room in the basement. It will include a convection oven, refrigerator, and three-bay sink. Estimated cost - unknown.
How to Donate
The Friends of the Brandon Town Hall is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To make a tax-deductible donation online using your credit card, please click the button below. Your donation will be processed by PayPal, the Web's most trusted online payment service. If you would like to donate with a check, please send it to P.O. Box 181, Brandon, VT 05733. Donations in any amount are welcome.
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