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.Richmond, Vermont Old Round Church gets a new roof

In the first phase of the project, completed in January 2006, the belfry was repainted and the church received a new red cedar shingle roof.  A $15,000 matching grant from the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation helped to finance this phase of the project.

Work for phase two of the project began during the summer of 2006 and included replastering and repainting the interior of the church and adding handrails to the balcony stairwells. In 2007 and 2008, the church’s exterior was repainted and work was begun on painting and reglazing the building's many windows. Most of the remaining pipes for a fire safety sprinkler system were  installed, a water line was brought to the building and the underground control room  for the sprinkler system was  constructed. 

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. Richmond, Vermont Round Church Renovation Project 2005

The Round Church is owned and managed by the Richmond Historical Society, a community-based non-profit organization, and staffed entirely by volunteers.  Significant public support is needed to enable the RHS to keep the Round Church safe, attractive, and open to visitors for years to come.  To contribute to the Round Church Renovation Project, please send a check to the Richmond Historical Society, P. O. Box 453, Richmond, VT 05477.