MOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonborough Heritage Commission will present a program on the history and future of the Moultonborough Grange hall on Monday, August 5 at 7 p.m. at the Moultonborough Public Library. This program is free and open to the public.
The Grange hall was added to the State Register of Historic Places and included on the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance’s ‘Seven to Save’ list of endangered historic properties in 2012. Cristina Ashjian and Norman Larson, both members of the Moultonborough Heritage Commission, will provide an overview of the Grange hall’s history, review last year’s efforts to save the building, and discuss necessary stabilization work and planning now underway for the future re-use of this building.
Since the critically unstable structural condition of the Grange hall was discovered in June 2012, the Moultonborough Heritage Commission and the Moultonborough Historical Society, owner of the property since 2006, have partnered to take steps to save this landmark building and plan for its future in Moultonborough Village. The emergency stabilization of the building’s failing roof system was accomplished in October 2012, thanks to private donations and a generous grant from the Bald Peak Community Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation.
A building condition assessment and report with preservation guidelines was completed by Bedard Preservation & Restoration LLC in December 2012, funded in part by a grant from the NH Preservation Alliance, which receives support for its grants program from the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP).
As discussed during the Plan NH ‘Community Charrette’ event held in July 2012, the Grange hall is one of a number of vacant or underutilized historic buildings in Moultonborough’s downtown with great potential to contribute to village revitalization. The Grange building now needs permanent stabilization work and a re-use plan so that it can once again play a vital role in the village center. For more information about the Grange call 476-8895.
CAPTION — Cristina Ashjian, Chair of the Moultonborough Heritage Commission; Maggie Stier, NH Preservation Alliance; Kathy Garry, President of the Moultonborough Historical Society; Steve Bedard, Bedard Preservation & Restoration LLC. (Courtesy photo)