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Restoration Plan

The restoration will be done in phases as funds are raised. Three phases have been defined. The Winchester Historical Society will lead a campaign to fund the cost of restoration through individual contributions, corporate gifts, public and private grants, and in-kind services.

Phase I (Completed)
Completed a feasibility study for restoration, management, and use of the Sanborn House. Raised just over $250,000 which enabled stabilization of the building envelope and limited interior work:

  • Replacement of windows
  • Repair of water table boards
  • Repair of stucco
  • New roof and gutters
  • Insulation
  • Re-pointing of chimneys
  • Installation of fire alarm and new security system
  • Painting and repair of veranda
  • New security lighting
  • Repainting of major rooms
  • Refinishing of floors
  • Furnishing of the major rooms
  • Full use of the main floor enabled

Phase II – Restoration of Exterior and Accessibility
The House’s exterior and grounds reflect years of weathering and neglect. The exterior restoration will bring this beautiful Beaux Arts building back to its original magnificence and make it accessible to all.

  • Bring the front entrances, first floor public spaces, and parking into compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Replace and/or restore exterior trim and balustrades, paint stucco
  • Repair doors and windows for security and energy efficiency
  • Restore “Summer Fountain” stained glass window
  • Develop an historic landscape master plan

Phase III – Essential Systems & Infrastructure
To best utilize this aging facility as a vibrant community resource and shared facility, investments in internal systems and the physical plant are essential.

  • Interior Mechanical Systems
  • Elevator (LULA – Limited Use/Limited Access) and bathroom upgrades to make the basement and second floors ADA compliant
  • Kitchen upgrades
  • Restoration of the second floor
  • Develop a master plan for the history center and archives in the basement in collaboration with the Town Clerk
  • Complete landscaping

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