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Bowdoin Chapel Restoration Receives Preservation Award

Story posted May 04, 2005

The Chapel towers rehabilitation project was completed last September.

The recent Bowdoin College Chapel rehabilitation project has been presented a 2005 Statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award from Maine Preservation. According to Maine Preservation, "This exemplary project to clean and restore the interior, and return the twin bell towers to their original splendor, was a technological marvel, an ambitious effort, and a true inspiration."

The award ceremony was held May 6 in the Chapel. Maine Preservation also honored ten other preservation projects at the ceremony.

"I believe the preservation of our state's historic buildings and cultural landscapes is of vital importance to all of us. The preservation projects and people we are honoring this year during National Historic Preservation Month represent major accomplishments of which all Maine citizens should be proud," said Cynthia Wheelock, president of the Maine Preservation board of trustees.

President Barry Mills accepted the award on the College's behalf. "Bowdoin is committed to maintaining the beauty and history of our campus," he said, calling the Chapel "a remarkable place, with many years of tradition." He described the Chapel's rehabilitation as "a labor of love.... We were delighted to restore it for Bowdoin and for the State of Maine." Mills also spoke briefly about campus restorations that are upcoming: the Museum of Art and the brick dorms on the quad.

"Congratulations to Bowdoin College for being recognized statewide for the lasting contributions you have made (and will continue to make) to preserve and protect Maine's irreplaceable heritage," said Maine Preservation Executive Director Roxanne Elfin in a letter to the College. "Speaking for preservationists statewide, we deeply appreciate your enormous efforts, and those of the impressive list of craftspeople, contractors, donors and decision makers who have worked passionately to ensure this National Register chapel treasure will serve as a lasting legacy well into the future."

Read the Campus News story about the Chapel Towers project here.

To learn more about the Bowdoin Chapel and view images from the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives click here.

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