Library bricks get cleaned up

  • Krystal Fortin of Pendlebury Masonry repairs the brickwork from a boom lift at the Belmont Library in June. Courtesy

Published: 8/10/2020 10:25:12 AM

The trustees of the Belmont Public Library are pleased to announce the completion of a $26,760 project to clean and repair exterior brickwork. This marks the conclusion of a five year, multi-stage process to protect the exterior of the historic building.

“We are delighted to wrap up this important project to preserve our historic building,” said Eileen Gilbert, library director. “The library is a beautiful and useful institution in Belmont.”

Pendlebury Masonry of New Boston handled the project to clean and repair two sides of the library building, using a boom lift to inspect the chimneys. The expert masons made sure to match the historic bricks and mortar, complimenting the original masons on the sturdy design and local materials. Local mason Joe Rhodes had completed earlier phases of the restoration.

Grant recipients are required to raise a minimum of one dollar for each dollar provided by LCHIP.  This project leveraged $3,475 from the library’s reserve capital funds and a matching grant of $10,000 from the state’s N.H. Conservation License Plate (Moose Plate) Program, which supports the protection of critical resources in New Hampshire, including scenic lands, historic sites, artifacts, plants and wildlife. 


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