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Castle in the Clouds is one of 18 LCHIP Grant winners

The Laker - January 3, 2013





The Castle Preservation Society (CPS) has been awarded a grant of $20,000 by LCHIP, the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, for another phase of preservation work at the Castle in the Clouds.  LCHIP is an independent state authority that provides matching grants to New Hampshire communities and non-profits to protect and preserve the state’s most important natural, cultural and historic resources.  Its legislatively mandated mission is to ensure the perpetual contribution of these resources to the economy, environment and the quality of life in New Hampshire.

You may recall that CPS received a $60,000 LCHIP grant towards the restoration of the exterior of the Gate House at the entrance to Castle in the Clouds along Mountain Road (Rt. 171) in Moultonborough.  That project was completed this fall, thanks to the LCHIP grant, a grant from the Samuel P. Hunt Foundation, business event sponsorships, fundraising events, and hundreds of individual donations.  What a gem the restored little cottage is!

Work began this fall on stabilizing the stonewall façade under the sun parlor on the east side of the Castle mansion, which was bulging and crumbling.  That high priority project will be paid for from operational profits.

The next restoration phase takes us to another side of the Castle to attend to the front portico.  It has suffered over the years from steady deterioration as has the rest of the building.  Water leaks from the open second floor porch into the front hallway of the mansion.  Masonry is separating from the timber frame and exposed joints in the woodwork suggest the portico is separating from the building.  With this new LCHIP grant and the generous donations from many supporters, the work can begin immediately and be completed in May.  The goal of the restoration project is to preserve the remaining original pieces and replace the columns and brackets altered in previous attempts to correct structural faults with components matching the original materials.

The restoration of the front facade was one of 18 projects funded by LCHIP from 51 applications, testifying to the importance of the project and the quality of restoration work performed to date.  The total budget for this front portico section of the Castle is estimated to cost $150,000. Restoration of the two small dormers and larger servants’ dormer on the front side of the building will be postponed to another year if funds are available.

The Castle Preservation Society is extremely grateful to LCHIP and to all who have given to help with the multi-year restoration of the Castle in the Clouds property.  The Castle Preservation Society is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the buildings at the Castle in the Clouds property.  Tax deductible donations can be made at the Castle in the Clouds offices at 476-5900 or through www.castleintheclouds.org. 

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