By Karlene Osborne
Restoration of the 1800s schoolhouse at 184 Holmes Road continues. Since the donation of the building to Scarborough Historical Society in the fall of 2018, the Society has been busy stabilizing the structure. Of an estimated budget of $250,000 for the restoration, $95,000 has been raised to date. These funds enabled us to put in a new foundation, restore rotted sills, enclose the exposed backside of the building, install temporary electrical service, etc. To secure the building for the coming winter, plastic sheets have been placed over the broken windows. Ten replacement windows have been purchased and delivered and three were installed in the back walls this past spring. We hope volunteers will help with the staining and painting.
The next phase, estimated to cost $25,600, will begin when additional funds are received. This phase will include reframing and repair of interior walls, installation of windows and doors, demolition of exterior siding, and installation of a weather-resistant barrier and exterior clapboards.
Please consider a donation by sending a check to Scarborough Historical Society, PO Box156, Scarborough, ME, 04070-0156. The Society’s Beech Ridge Schoolhouse Project GoFundMe page is https://www.gofundme.com/f/SHS-Restore-Beech-Ridge-School. Your gift is tax-deductible, as we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Thank you for helping to save a part of Scarborough history.