The Philbrick-James Library is set for significant exterior renovations this year. (Ryan O'Connor Photo)
Historic Deerfield library to undergo significant renovations
Soon, the library will undergo significant exterior renovations, including work to the building’s cast stone and masonry veneer; repointing of the chimney; restoration of the foundation and window sills and repair to the concrete retaining walls.
“My tenure here has involved doing projects continuously,” she said “We’ve had the slate roof repaired, we had the front steps rebuilt last fall, we’ve had the interior floors refinished and we had new carpeting put in downstairs last year, so it’s an ongoing process.
While the money to repair the chimney is being funded by the town, since it’s a critical issue, the rest of the project is financed through the library’s building fund.
“We’re having our hundredth anniversary this year of the Soldiers Memorial, which is where the library is housed,” she said. “It was dedicated, July 28 of 1914, and we’re going to have a 100th-year celebration at Old Home Day in August.”