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.