One of our nine 2017 Preservation Awards Winners was Salem's Old Town Hall window restoration project. In 2014, the City sought funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund and Community Preservation Committee to undertake a full restoration on 12 windows, including repairing sashes, repainting interior and exterior wood features, re-glazing damaged panes, replacing broken panes with antique glass, and installing bronze weather stripping. 44 other windows were repaired in less extensive ways. All 56 windows received new bronze sash chains to improve function and appearance and are now restored to their original beauty and function.
The City contracted with Gray Architects, Inc. of Salem to develop a scope of work, drawings, and specifications. Study consultation was provided by John Goff. Campbell Construction of Peabody managed the construction process, which was completed in the spring of 2016.
The windows of Old Town Hall are a key visual component of downtown Salem that act as the backdrop for many activities and gatherings, both inside and outside the building.
We celebrate their restoration with a Historic Salem Preservation Award, presented to the following: the Department of Planning & Community Development for the City of Salem, the Community Preservation Committee, Grey Architects, Campbell Construction, and John Goff.