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Brick School in Amherst undergoes additional renovations

The Brick School Renovation Project, headed by the Amherst Heritage Commission, has taken another step forward. The porch front window and shutters recently were restored with the generous donation of the Villagers Chapter of Questers. The restoration work was performed under the professional guidance of John Kendall, general contractor of New Boston. The window had for years been hidden under shutters. It has now been beautifully restored into a functioning window again.

Since 2004, the Heritage Commission has undertaken several Brick School projects to restore this Amherst icon to its fullest potential. Starting with the 150th anniversary celebration in 2004, the front yard underwent a major renovation to include landscaping and the handsome brick walk leading up to the porch. Since then, additional completed work projects have included a full renovation of the entire front porch on School Street and the side porch on Middle Street, which is the main entrance to the SAU 39 offices. Both porches were in disrepair and in need of major renovation.

The final vision for the Brick School project is to renovate the front hall foyer, which will be used as a small meeting area and as a museum, which will house Brick School memorabilia and artwork from students from Amherst Schools. All of the funds used for the renovation work were made possible by grants and donations from private citizens and businesses.

If there is any interest by the community in contributing time and/or funds to the project, please contact the Amherst Heritage Commission at the Amherst Town Hall.

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