PTV Highlights: 2002

Partnerships are at the heart of how the Preservation Trust works to save and actively use our historic places. We depend on local partnerships, passion and commitment to meet our goals. Partnerships with funders like the Freeman Foundation and the Walter Cerf Fund provide significant resources to rehabilitate a wide range of historic buildings. Our partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides on-the-ground, face-to-face technical assistance and encouragement to local officials and community members. We work in partnership with state government and a wide variety of state-wide organizations to meet challenges like downtown revitalization, minimizing sprawl, affordable housing, and developing better building codes.

These partnerships are a powerful force. They help to unleash tremendous local energy. They save historic buildings. They build local capacity. They play an important role in community revitalization. They reach every corner of our state. And in combination, they help protect the essential character of Vermont.

Here are some of the things our partnerships helped communities accomplish in 2002:

Preservation Grants
Our partnership with the Freeman Foundation began in 1994, and since then the Preservation Trust has been able to distribute over $6.5 million in grants in support of over 250 preservation projects around Vermont. In turn, these grants have played a significant role in over $70 million in preservation work. Libraries, art spaces, museums, educational facilities, community meeting places, affordable housing, and churches have all benefited. With continued support from the Freeman Foundation, this year we distributed over $1 million to 35 projects. (See list below.)

Field Service Program
In April, the Preservation Trust hired Doug Porter to join our Field Service team, a partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2002, Doug and Ann Cousins provided direct assistance to over 175 community preservation initiatives. Of the 175, 45 received seed grants through our Robert Sincerbeaux Fund. As part of the Field Service Program, the Preservation Trust hosted four two-day retreats at the Grand Isle Lake House. Seventy volunteers from over 35 local organizations attended. The retreats brought together these groups from across Vermont who were working on similar kinds of projects in order to share ideas and mentor one another.

Downtown Initiatives
A bill with a batch of new and expanded incentives for downtown development was passed by lawmakers during the last session of the Legislature. This new downtown bill was the result of work by the Vermont Forum on Sprawl, the Downtown Network, the Vermont Downtown Program, the Preservation Trust, and others. It further underscores Vermont's commitment to strengthening downtowns and community centers. Our work with the Department of Labor and Industry has helped develop a new, "customer-friendly" approach for the agency as they work with historic building owners in downtowns and community centers.

Route 7 Communities
Public services along with a healthy mix of locally-owned commercial businesses are a big part of vibrant village centers and downtowns. On the other hand, losing a post office or municipal offices can lead to a downward spiral. In Pittsford, we provided financial and technical assistance to the Friends of Pittsford Village in their legal and Act 250 battles to keep the post office in their village center. In Ferrisburgh, we provided a planning grant and technical assistance to the Town Center Committee to develop a plan to rehabilitate the Grange building into new town offices in its village center. In Brandon, we continued to work with Select board and community members to find a cost-effective downtown location for their town offices. A collection of donors enabled the Preservation Trust to provide Middlebury with the resources necessary to better plan new municipal facilities in downtown.

Latchis Hotel and Theater
As our year comes to an end, the Brattleboro Arts Initiative and we are close to our goal of acquiring the Latchis Hotel and Theater complex. Generous donors and charitable lenders have enabled BAI and PTV to amass over $1.6 million for the project. The acquisition will be followed by substantial rehabilitation work and the development of a performing and visual arts facility. We think this effort is crucial to the future vitality of downtown Brattleboro.

2002 Preservation Grants:
Partnership of the Freeman Foundation and Preservation Trust

Albany Historical Society
Ascutney Union Church, Ascutney
Ben Thresher's Mill, Barnet
Vermont Granite Museum, Barre
Barton Memorial Building, Barton
The Haskell Opera House, Derby Line
East Burke Congregational Church
Glover Community Church
Jeudevine Memorial Library, Hardwick
Hardwick Town House, Hardwick
Holley Hall, Bristol
Isle La Motte Methodist Episcopal Church
Isle La Motte Historical Society: Blacksmith Shop
Lower Waterford Congregational Church
Lyndon Historical Society: Shores Museum, Schoolhouse, Town House,
Randall Covered Bridge
Middletown Springs Elementary School
Center for Fine Arts at Union Institute, Montpelier
Moretown Library
Morgan United Churches
Vermont Technical College's Red Schoolhouse Project, Randolph Center
Richmond Free Library
Christie Building, St. Albans
Pierson Building, Shelburne
South Londonderry Baptist Church
Stannard Town Hall
Bayley Hazen Store, South Peacham
Sutton Free Will Baptist Church
Thetford Center Community Association
Thetford Town Hall
Gilbert Hart Library, Wallingford
Wallingford Town Hall
Waterbury Center Church
Brattleboro Area Community Land Trust Housing Project, West Brattleboro
Westminster Town Hall
University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm, Weybridge

2002 Grants by the Preservation Trust's Robert Sincerbeaux Fund
Friends of the Pioneer Street Bridge, Montpelier
Jeudevine Library, Hardwick
Town of Shoreham
Sudbury Meeting House
West Haven Historical Society
Franklin United Church
United Church of Northfield
Hutton Barn, Orwell
Statehouse Model, Montpelier Historical Society
Burlington City Arts
Union Christian Church, Coolidge Foundation, Plymouth
Pierce Hall, Rochester
White River Craft Center, Randolph
Landgrove Town Hall
Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury
Mad River Valley Planning District
Bentley Hall, Community Development Law Center, Poultney
Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County
Third Congregational Church, East St. Johnsbury
East Clarendon Chapel Association
United Church of Strafford
Tilles Barn, Strafford
Starksboro Baptist Church
Coburn Barn, Strafford
Pawlet Community Church
Charlotte Congregational Church Parsonage
Brownington Grange Hall
Hardwick Town House
Bethel Lympus Church
Burlington Build-out Study
South Royalton Community Church
Sandgate Schoolhouse
Rice's Mills Community Association, Thetford
Huntington Town Hall
The Carving Studio, West Rutland
Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh
Montpelier Downtown Community Association
Westmore Town Offices
Pittsford Historical Society
Elmore Town Hall
Starksboro Baptist Church
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
Westford Library
Bellows Falls Newbery Building
Concord Town Hall
East Charleston Barn, Vermont Leadership Institute
Montpelier Community Visioning Project
Preservation Leadership Training Scholarship
United Church of Ludlow
Strafford Unitarian Universalist Church
Bradford Library
Root District Community Center, Norwich
First Congregational Church, Springfield
North Hero Community Hall