Windham Presbyterian Church

2017 Certificate of Merit

Windham Presbyterian Church for restoration of its tower

with: Mid-Maine Restoration, LCHIP

This 1834 Presbyterian Church anchors Windham’s local historic district. When an assessment discovered structural deficiencies and rot on their bell tower, the church formed a “People for the Steeple” campaign to properly restore the local landmark. The committee secured aLCHIP grant and hired Mid-Maine Restoration to carry out the project. Structural members were addressed, deteriorated mill work was replaced in-kind, clapboards were repaired and replaced, the dome’s roof and decking were made weather-tight, and the weather vane was re-gilded.

Despite the congregation’s newcomer status to the preservation and grant writing world, this successful small-scale project serves as a model for other churches. Most importantly to congregants, the Holbrook bell can now once again welcome people to service.

Congregants celebrate ringing the bell after restoration. Photo courtesy of Windham Presbyterian Church.

Congregants celebrate ringing the bell after restoration. Photo courtesy of Windham Presbyterian Church.

Opportunity to Rent and Care For Old House in Windham, NH

Check out this unique opportunity to rent and care for a historic house! The Town of Windham (NH) is seeking a tenant interested in rehabilitating a 1868 Italianate farmhouse in exchange for a long-term lease. According to architectural historian James Garvin, the design of this house is unusual, reflecting both the wealth and intellectual curiosity of its builder, Deacon Samuel Campbell Sr. (1819-1902).   It is characterized by high-quality building materials, and innovative design and technology. 

The 64 acre parcel was purchased and conserved by the Town three years ago.  The house is surrounded by open fields on a winding country road yet within minutes of I-93 in southern New Hampshire. The house retains much of its original integrity including windows, doors and casings all of which are a high priority to preserve.  The four bedroom/two bathroom house is in livable condition but needs updating. A new tenant will be selected through an open and competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Interested parties are invited to tour the Campbell farm house. Proposals are due Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Questions? Contact Jim Finn at 603-890-6587, 603-490-9108 or View RFP at



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