Author: CHB

Historic Nottinghamshire library saved

Nottingham’s oldest subscription library has officially been “saved” from falling into a state of irreversible disrepair, according to Historic England. The organisation has published its latest Heritage at Risk Register 2020 and says Bromley House Library in Angel Row has undergone extensive work which has saved it. Further good news is the Church of St Helena in Thoroton has now been removed from the register. But two Nottinghamshire churches have been added after the theft of lead from their roofs in 2019 left them damaged from water ingress. A third church – St Mary’s in Orston – has also...

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Donations sought to save historic Shiloh Baptist Church

Now in a dilapidated state, the historic Shiloh Baptist Church building on the corner of Washington and Martin Luther King Drive is a tangible remnant of Alexandria’s heyday. “It’s a wonderful brick and mortar survivor from our past,” said Father Chad Partain. “It’s a monument to the faith of our African-American community.” Partain, a board member for the Louisiana History Museum and Pat Boone, board secretary, treasurer and volunteer, said the museum is interested in purchasing the property because it’s a major historic building in the downtown area. The museum started a campaign to raise $125,000 to purchase and secure the property. Boone created a GoFundMe...

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Church beloved by L.S. Lowry is saved

The Cumbrian property that was the backdrop to a companionship between the artist and a young female painter has been granted listed status  For years it has lain empty, at the mercy of sea winds, vandals and thieves. Few who pass the sombre, red sandstone church nestling on the harbourside of the small Cumbrian coastal town of Maryport may give it much thought. Fewer still may appreciate that it provided the backdrop to a blossoming friendship between one of Britain’s best-loved artists, LS Lowry, and a young, female painter he championed. But perhaps now this may all change as...

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Marmet landmark church receives restoration grant

Ebenezer Chapel, a longtime, historic landmark in Marmet, West Virginia, will be getting repairs and restorations soon through a concerted community effort. Marmet Town Council member Teresa Long and other citizens have obtained an upcoming matching grant from the West Virginia Culture Center to keep the chapel’s historical presence continuing for years to come. Long said the grant will be for approximately $16,000, pending approval. Long said the chapel was damaged by vandals, as well as needing structural restoration. The grant funds will be applied to making the needed repairs. Ebenezer Chapel was constructed by slaves owned by Marmet’s...

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Construction of the Vindrac-Alayrac Culture Center

With a 15th century church, listed as a historic monument in 1927, the Letellier Architects agency seized this heritage opportunity to design the Vindrac-Alayrac House of Culture to enhance the very nature of the place: to reflect its particular idiosyncrasies. To do this, preserving the precious remains (tombs found in the Merovingian cemetery) and beyond, making them the main actors in the scenography of the place was the essence of the project. The treatment of the west facade focused on the integration of these gabled sarcophagi through the reinterpretation of the crude steel funeral niches: the end result is...

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