Grant ex­tended for church in Ch­ester­town

Record Observer - - Religion -

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.

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