NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – The eaves of Memorial Town Hall in Northbridge sparkle after a power wash by Fox Painting over the long weekend.
Fox Painting of Arlington’s low bid of $47,000 won the painting portion of the Memorial Town Hall renovation project. The project also includes masonry repair awarded to Aniceto, Inc. of Milford, with a bid of $58,300, and window restoration which has not yet gone out to bid.
Memorial Town Hall is listed on the State Register of Historic Buildings.
Voters last May approved $635,000 for the project, the bulk of that for window restoration. The Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund through the Massachusetts Historical Commission provided a grant of $45,000.
Mark Pepas, his brother Henry and nephew Henry Jr. manned hydraulic lifts set up on two sides of Town Hall on Saturday morning. In addition to power washing the trim, they took out rotted sections, which will be replaced with South American mahogany, Pepas said.
Because it’s an historic building, and being renovated with the help of Massachusetts Preservation, everything must be very specific to the original condition of the building, Pepas noted.
“They’re still researching what the color of the trim will be,’’ he said. A piece of trim is currently in the hands of Massachusetts Preservation where they are peeling every coat of paint ever used until the original color of the building is revealed.
Pepas said his part of the project will take about three weeks to complete.