Don’t miss out on your chance to see preservation in action! All this week, May 22 through 27, you can visit and tour the Edge Hill Service Station and witness the restoration of the metal windows. A dedicated group of Adventures in Preservation workshop participants is reglazing these essential elements of the early twentieth-century landmark, learning how to properly preserve the iron frames and replace broken glass panes. Not only will their hard work accelerate the restoration of the station, but it will demonstrate how preservation projects like this can serve the community. Drop by for a quick tutorial and learn how donating your time and energy can help save a vital part of our shared heritage.
Make sure to visit our open house and reception starting at 6:30 on Thursday, May 26, at the offices of the Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust. Come talk with the workshop participants, learn about our plans for the Edge Hill Service Station, and enjoy some wonderful tasty treats while looking back in time at photographs of the station from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. Our guests include project sponsor and the authors of the Downtown Gloucester Historic District nomination – Commonwealth Preservation Group. Learn about how this important district is now among a select few recognized nationally for its significance and how the state and federal rehabilitation tax credit program can help restore old buildings along Main Street and throughout the Middle Peninsula.
The windows workshop is a collaborative project directed by the Fairfield Foundation and Adventures in Preservation. The workshop was made possible through generous sponsorships from private individuals and local businesses, including East River Marketing, Commonwealth Preservation Group, WalMart, and the Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust. The workshop is part of the larger restoration efforts aimed at restoring the Edge Hill Service Station as headquarters of the Fairfield Foundation and as the premier preservation project in our community.