Grant extended for church in Chestertown
CHESTERTOWN — The National Trust for Historic Preservation approved a matching grant in the amount of $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.
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, FAIA, of Chesapeake Architects, and in coordination with Jay Yerkes, president, Yerkes Construction Company.
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 fifty years. Additional funds will be needed for restoration of windows, and for masonry repairs to the church’s rare 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 community-based effort, and through other grant applications.
Anyone interested in helping can contact Deaton at 410-778-4154.