|Round Church Renovation Project|
In the fall of 2011, the Richmond Historical Society was named a recipient of a $13,900 HUD EDI grant obtained by Senator Bernie Sanders and facilitated by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. These funds were used in 2012 to repoint the foundation of the church, replace rotten boards and realign the north side steps. During this work, substantial rot and carpenter ant damage to one of the 16 vertical beams and two adjacent horizontal beams was discovered. Repairs to this woodwork and replacement of clapboards on the southeast part of the building was completed in 2013, thanks in part to an additional $13, 900 grant.
In August 2009, Senator Patrick Leahy announced that the Richmond Historical Society had received a $25,000 Village Revitalization Initiative Grant to complete the installation of a fire safety sprinkler system in the Old Round Church. Village Revitalization Initiative Grants are distributed jointly by Senator Leahy and the Preservation Trust of Vermont, with funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Thanks in part to the grant funding, an underground control room to house the sprinkler system pump was built in 2010. The sprinkler system was completed, thoroughly tested and put into operation in the spring of 2011. Thanks to Gary Bressor of Richmond Restoration and Peter Pochop of Green Mountain Engineering for their services in getting this long term project complete. Total cost for the sprinkler system was nearly $100,000.
In 2005, the Richmond Historical Society launched a multi-year Round Church renovation and enhancement project, the most significant work to the church since the major repairs undertaken in the 1970’s and early 1980’s to restore the building after it was found unsafe for use.
More recent safety enhancements include adding wrought-iron handrails to the north and west entryways in 2015. Other project goals include adding improved lighting around the front entrance and landscaping the parking field and adjacent grounds.