Janes Church seeks ad­di­tional fund­ing for preser­va­tion ef­fort

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— The Na­tional Trust for His­toric Preser­va­tion ap­proved a match­ing grant for $25,000 un­der the Bar­tus Trew Prov­i­dence Preser­va­tion Fund for the East­ern Shore of Mary­land, for Janes United Methodist Church in Ch­ester­town in 2016, which has been ex­tended through 2017, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

“Or­ga­ni­za­tions like Janes United Methodist Church help to en­sure that com­mu­ni­ties and towns all across Amer­ica re­tain their unique sense of place,” said Stephanie Meeks, pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Trust for His­toric Preser­va­tion, in a state­ment. “We were hon­ored to pro­vide this grant, and an ex­ten­sion, to Janes United Methodist Church, which will use the funds to help pre­serve an im­por­tant piece of our shared na­tional her­itage.”

The over­all project, funded in part un­der this grant, in­volves re­place­ment of the roof and re­lated work for this vi­tal his­toric build­ing that was con­structed on a main street in down­town Ch­ester­town by com­mu­nity mem­bers in 1914.

As a di­rect re­sult of pro­vi­sion of this grant fund­ing, and other sources, ar­chi­tec­tural ser­vices are in progress, with bid spec­i­fi­ca­tions and draw­ings con­tin­u­ing in de­vel­op­ment by the project ar­chi­tect, Peter Newlin of Ch­e­sa­peake Ar­chi­tects, and in co­or­di­na­tion with Jay Yerkes, pres­i­dent of Yerkes Con­struc­tion Co.

The church is seek­ing ad­di­tional fund­ing to avoid the in­creased cost of phas­ing the work. Pro­vi­sion of this Bar­tus Trew grant will help the church pre­serve this im­por­tant his­toric struc­ture by pro­vid­ing a wa­ter­tight roof that is an­tic­i­pated to last at least 50 years, the re­lease states. Ad­di­tional funds will be needed for restora­tion of win­dows and ma­sonry re­pairs to the church’s sand-lime bricks.

For the past three years, the church and the Friends of Janes, a com­mu­nity-church part­ner­ship, have been rais­ing funds through a com­mu­ni­ty­based ef­fort, and through other grant ap­pli­ca­tions. In 2014, the Mary­land His­tor­i­cal Trust set aside $95,000 in African Amer­i­can her­itage funds, but the new roof, if gen­uine slate, is ex­pected to cost $280,000.

The church has ap­plied for a se­cond her­itage grant, which is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for award.

“The Church’s wood win­dows have de­te­ri­o­rated con­sid­er­ably since the orig­i­nal scope of work was put to­gether in 2013,” Newlin said in a state­ment.

Yerkes, also a mem­ber of the Friends, es­ti­mated that “it will take at least $ 1,500 each to re­store these his­toric win­dows prop­erly, if the Her­itage grant is ap­proved.”

Larry Sa­muels, a Friend of Janes who tracks the funds for the project, said, “If our com­mu­nity re­sponds as it has pre­vi­ously, the Church will re­ceive many small con­tri­bu­tions, and enough large ones, to at least re­place the roof.”

Ralph Deaton, chair­man of the church’s fi­nance and build­ing com­mit­tees, said, “Church lead­ers and their Friends will now have to raise at least $15,000 in match­ing funds for the project.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing can con­tact Deaton at 410-778-4154.

Match­ing grants from the Na­tional Trust Preser­va­tion Fund are awarded to non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions and pub­lic agen­cies across the coun­try to sup­port wide-rang­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing con­sul­tant ser­vices for re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing build­ings, tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance for tourism in con­junc­tion with pro­mot­ing his­toric re­sources and the de­vel­op­ment of ma­te­ri­als for ed­u­ca­tion and out­reach.

The Na­tional Trust for His­toric Preser­va­tion is a pri­vately-funded non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that works to save Amer­ica’s his­toric places. The Na­tional Trust is com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing Amer­ica’s rich cul­tural legacy, and to help build vi­brant, sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties that re­flect the na­tion’s di­ver­sity.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Na­tional Trust for His­toric Preser­va­tion’s Preser­va­tion Fund grants, visit fo­rum.sav­ing­places.org/build/ fund­ing.

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