Author: CHB

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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Barozzi Veiga to Design and Renovate Jewish Museum of Belgium

Barozzi Veiga, in collaboration with Tab Architects and Barbara Van Der Wee Architects, has just won the competition for the renovation of the Jewish Museum of Belgium. Discrete yet present and integrated into the urban fabric, as the jury stated, the proposal was selected from five shortlisted established and young architectural practices. The winning transformation scheme for the Jewish Museum of Belgium designed by Estudio Barozzi Veiga focuses mainly “on reinforcing the relationship between the cultural institution of the museum and the city of Brussels”. Aiming to generate a clear composition to organize the different functions, the team imagined...

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Norfolk church tower ‘saved’ by emergency £280,000 grant

A medieval church tower has been saved from threatened collapse after being awarded £280,000 in emergency funding. The 14th Century St Mary’s Church in North Tuddenham, near Dereham, Norfolk, has been granted the money by Historic England in an “exceptional case”. The Grade I listed building was put on its “at risk” register in 2017. Mike Smith, the church’s fabric officer, said the structure was “steeped in 650 years of history” that he had feared would be “lost forever”. Places of worship are not normally entitled to apply for Historic England grants, but the government body said it stepped...

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Judge’s Lodging museum in Presteigne plans cafe and holiday lets

The future of a Powys town’s landmark building could be secured by the opening of a cafe and holiday lets. Listed building consent is being sought for the work on the Judge’s Lodging museum in Presteigne. The Grade II-listed premises were built in the 1820s as a court room with offices and living accommodation. Agents for the applicants claimed the cafe and accommodation would generate income for both the museum and the town. The neo-classical building is currently an attraction depicting how judges, court staff and prisoners lived in the 19th Century, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service....

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