Restoration of THE MCA
The MCA is thrilled to announce that in Spring of 2021, we were selected as one of nine VT community projects to receive a reward from the VT Preservation Trust Paul Bruhn Grant.
"The Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants, named for PTV’s founding President, Paul Bruhn, was created in partnership with Senator Leahy and the National Park Service to help rural communities throughout the country."
We were awarded $50,000 to address exterior repairs, stripping, and repainting the building. This is an incredible opportunity to finance a much needed restoration for this wonderful building that is such a beacon of our Main Street.
Stay tuned for more information and updates as this exciting project gets underway!!!
Find the official press release at https://ptvermont.org/bruhngrants2021/
The Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant Program is administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Contribute to the restoration of the historic windows and repainting of the exterior
In July 2022, St. Albans Messenger staff writer Kate Barcellos wrote an article featuring the restoration work at the MCA.
Click HERE to read the write-up.
In Spring of 2022, the MCA contracted with VT Window Restoration [VWR] to restore the nine Main Gallery colored glass windows and transoms and the 8 lower level windows. The process of window extraction began in July when the sashes and casings were removed and relocated to VWR's warehouse workshop in Winooski.
The full process to restore and reinstall them will take a year to complete. Click the images below to view photos of the window extraction process and the new storm windows that were installed.
(Photos by St. Albans Messenger journalist Kate Barcellos and MCA Curator Sebastian Araujo.)