We have been waiting for this!
Since February the front of the Stewart Library Building has been shrouded in staging and a cover. For 2 years the front doors have been blocked off and the orange caution fence warned us away from the front entrance. This photo taken Dec 18, 2015 shows that the staging is down and the doors are now usable.
The work on the clock tower and the belfry is essentially complete. There are just a few details that will be finished in the Spring.
Notice that the granite medallion at the upper right of the clock tower is back in place. The white staining from water infiltration at the top of the tower is gone. The bricks look smooth, beautiful, no gaps in the mortar. Knowles Industrial Services did a remarkable job on the full and complete repair and restoration of the tower. Hahnel Brothers repaired the slate roof and the wooden structure of the belfry.
The railings that were in the belfry arches will be restored and put back in place in the Spring.
This work, what we are calling “Phase 1”, was funded almost entirely by the Town of Corinna through an article that passed at town meeting in 2014. That commitment by the people of Corinna demonstrated to the Next Generation Foundation of Maine that Corinna was serious about the work of restoring the Stewart Library Building. They granted us $1,000,000 to continue the preservation of the building.
The work of “Phase 2”, funded by that grant, is in progress. Notice the top of a large crane boom just showing, half-way up at the right side of the building. The structural steel for the new addition and stairway will arrive in a few days. The crane will be used to erect the structure.