You may have noticed that lots of changes have taken place over the last year at the Center. Most notably the exterior got a facelift, energy efficient lighting was installed, and the aging boiler was replaced. The Board also spend the summer and fall developing a Strategic Plan. One of the goals includes an emphasis on “historic programming”. This year’s campaign hopes to raise $10,000 to support the development of a restoration plan for the Carriage Barn, will also promote some of the lesser known historical characteristics of the property.
The money raised from the campaign will go to match a $10,000 grant the Center received to develop a Historic Structures Report for what is commonly known as the Annex. This 100+ year old Carriage Barn has been closed since 2011 due to structural issues caused by moisture damage to the foundation beams. As part of their work on the Strategic Plan, the LCC Board developed a restoration budget and feasibility study for potential uses of the building. The first step is to catalog the historically significant features and existing conditions of the Carriage Barn. The report will also outline the best preservation approach to achieve the Board’s goals of highest and best use of the Carriage Barn for the community.
The LCC had over 7,000 visits from residents attending events and meetings at the Community House this year. Some of our most notable events were a night of Civil War era music, monthly Book Club meetings, Art History Tours during the Art Festival, and of course, our famous Holiday Open House.
Lastly, we have big plans for next year, including more events such as lawn parties, international food nights and more historic themed tours. This spring, look for a reconfigured “info booth” highlighting Littleton’s history. And we will continue to focus on renovating and repairing the property …. top on the list is developing a Historic Structures Report for the “Carriage House Annex” which will create a plan for how to properly revitalize this one-of-a-kind Queen Anne style barn.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the campaign may donate securely online here or mail a check to Littleton Community Center, 120 Main St., Littleton NH 03561. For more information, contact George Mitchell at (603)991-9314.