Along with that announcement, the
READY TO HELP
"As it (the barracks) looks to its next chapter in its life, the
"We will support these fundraising efforts, and we're very, very happy to provide whatever enhanced visibility and raising awareness we can do."
The Old Stone Barracks, constructed in 1838, is the oldest building at the former
"Since 1999, Seven to Save has mobilized community leaders and decision-makers to take action when historic resources are threatened," League President
"A Seven to Save designation from the league delivers invaluable technical assistance, fosters increased media coverage and public awareness and opens the door to grant assistance for endangered properties."
He had purchased the 7.75-acre property from
Schneider put the property back on the market for
Without any publicly announced fundraising, the group has been able to raise
A CALL TO THE PUBLIC
"We're going to raise the money with your help by reaching out to the thousands of people near and far who recognize that the barracks is among the most historic buildings in the North Country, is among the most threatened buildings in the North Country and is also a place with incredible promise," said
Engelhart said that while fundraising goes on over the next five months, the Friends group wants to start involving the public in discussions about the site's future by holding public forums and reaching out through social media.
"We're going to try to bring as many of you into the conversation as possible so that within a relatively short amount of time, collectively, we will find out what the highest and best use is for this building, for this property."
Engelhart said possibilities that might emerge could include using the barracks as a visitors center, for public or civic space or to house a cluster of nonprofit organizations.
He said private uses could range from a craft brewery to a restaurant to an inn.
Bates said he does not think any uses are out of bounds, so long as the barracks' facade does not change.
"The interior can be remodeled in whatever way it's suitable," he said. "The preservation effort is generally to keep the outward structure intact."
Engelhart said the purchase of the Old Stone Barracks brings two opportunities to the North Country: to save the site and to become a preservation community.
"If one were to study what are the key ingredients to successful communities all around the country," he said, "one of the things that you'd find is that, whether they are small towns or small cities, these are communities that have embraced their heritage and preserved their architecture and made these things part of their identity and part of their future."
Tobin said the
"It's such a delight to be in a community that is so excited about its history, that has come so far so fast," she said.
"Although it's been four years, and I'm sure a very long four years, in preservation-advocacy efforts, that's a nanosecond because these efforts take decades, and it's really wonderful to be a part of this as it moves forward to its next chapter."
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