MHT Awards WC $100,000 Restoration Capital Grant

We are thrilled to announce that we have received a $100,000 grant from the MD Historical Trust’s Historic Restoration Capital Grant program!  WC is one of only seven awardees from across the state.  With these monies, we will begin restoration of the more than 50 steel-frame windows in the Waterfowl Building in downtown Easton.  Not to worry though!  The project will go in phases so that we can remain open for business and events!

About the Project

Working closely within MHT guidelines, we will hire a contractor specializing in historic restoration. The steel-frame windows will be removed and taken off-site where they will be carefully dismantled, cleaned, repainted and re-glazed before being reinstalled. Work is expected to start in fall of this year and proceed in phases in order to allow our offices to remain open for business during construction and for Waterfowl Festival to take place as usual in November.

Other organizations who are renting the Festival Hall can also hold their events during construction with minimal disturbance.  While the Trust’s program allows two years for the restoration to be completed, we hope to have the windows done within the next year.

The historic Waterfowl Building was built in 1927 after several years of lobbying by local residents and elected officials. While it’s function was to serve as a training facility for Maryland’s state militia, the building’s drill hall, now called Festival Hall, has also served as a community gathering place for everything from boxing matches and basketball games to flower shows, poultry exhibitions and art festivals over the decades. We took ownership of the building in the 1980s, after a stint of ownership by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Town of Easton.

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