The Achievements to date of the Strathglass Park Preservation Society

For decades, the restoration of Strathglass Park has been a goal of the community in Rumford, Maine and surrounding Androscoggin River Valley.  A brief period of activity in the 1970's lead to the placement of Strathglass Park on the National Register of Historic Places.  There was no further activity until an organizing effort begun in 2008 which lead eventually to the creation of the non-profit Strathglass Park Preservation Society.  The Society achieved its 501(c)3 status in 2010 and set to work.  Below are the accomplishments to date and immediate goals for the future.

                                                                                                

The relighting and repair of the front gate

The front gate of Strathglass Park had deteriorated so severely its eventual demolition was a possibility.  The Strathglass Park Preservation Society raised the funds and organized the project to repair the stones and mortar on the gate and to add new lights at the top, which now go on each night as part of the town's streetlight program. The twin challenges of raising the funds and negotiating with the town of Rumford, which is the actual owner of the gate, caused the project to take two years to complete, but the Society perservered, and now visitors entering the Park at night come through an elegantly lit entry. Project cost: $6,000. 

 
 

 

 

Repair of the wall from the gate to York Street

After finishing the gate, the Strathglass Park Preservation Society planned and paid for the repair of the stone wall continuing up the hill from the gate to York Street.  This section of wall was in such bad shape that sapling trees were growing through it.  With volunteers and professional mason Kevin Cormier, the Society removed trees, vines and over overgrowth from the wall, repaired the many holes and gaps, removed graffitti, and repaired the cap.  In the process, a new pillar was discovered.  Previously, it was entirely obscured in vines and overgrowth.  Project cost: $1000.

 

Installation of historic and directional signs at entrances

In October, 2011, the Strathglass Park Preservation Society designed, ordered and installed entry signs for the roads leading into the Park at Maine Avenue and Hancock Street. Even though the Park is a notable area and is on the National Registry of Historic Places, there has been no marker to indicate the area's significance.  Those driving into the Park for the first time were often  surprised and confused by the sudden appearance of row after row of architect designed brick buildings.  Now the significance and identity of Strathglass Park will be evident to anyone who drives in.  Project cost: $500.

 
 

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Now available:

New booklet from the Society is a guidebook for the owners of buildings in the Strathglass district.

The buildings in the Strathglass district are 110 years old, and as such need more care and maintenance than many buildings.  They are also historical treasures, and an asset for the community as a whole.  Proper maintenance is all the more important as a result.  Unfortunately, many owners do not maintain their Strathglass buildings well.  The Strathglass Park Preservation Society has addressed this problem by publishing a new booklet, "Repair and Maintenance of Your Strathglass Buyilding".  This booklet combines the advice of experts from plumbers to architects, to bankers and  historic preservationists  to inform owners about the do's and don'ts of how to maintain their Strathglass buildings correctly.  It contains advice on repairs, masonry, plumbing, heating, finances, taxes, historical research and the resources owners can use to preserve their buildings properly. A limited number of copies are available at no charge at the advertisers who supported the project.  They are also available for sale, as follows:

Booklet, printed, 48 pages       $10.00 (includes postage)

Booklet, .pdf file sent by email:  $5.00

 

 Restoration loans to individual homeowners

The Society has begun to make funds available to individual unit owners to make critical repairs to their buildings.  In 2015, the Society provided grants and loans for the repair of a completely collapsed staircased on Erchles Street.  Standing here in front of the completed, new brick staircase is mason Kevin Cormier, who did the work, building owner Donna Wotton and Society president Ed Paterson. Project cost: $2200.  





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Don't be a bystander to the re-birth of Strathglass Park and the River Valley.  We need your support.  $15 a year buys a membership and members help decide our policies and projects.  Send your membership fee to: the Strathglass Park Preservation Society PO Box 65, Rumford, ME 04276

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