269 Monument Street
Concord, MA 01742
New Welcome Center in the Works
Exciting news: The Trustees has been recommended for a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge grant. The recommended award of $450,000 (pending a Section 106 preservation review) would assist with the construction of a Welcome Center here at The Old Manse. The Trustees has also recently secured funding support through a $500,000 Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund grant.
The Trustees proposes to build a Welcome Center on the foundations of an 18th-century barn, built to the same scale, which stood on the property between 1774 and 1924. The new Welcome Center will support indoor tours, interactive programs, exhibits, events, and provide much neededvisitor amenities. The new space will include interpretive display areas, programming and workshop space, visitor restrooms, an expanded bookshop with grab-and-go snacks, staff work areas, and storage areas.
The Trustees presented a project overview to the Town of Concord at the July 17th Select Board meeting. We shared information about the need for a Welcome Center, our anticipated review and permitting process, as well as our hopeful schedule for design.
The Trustees held the first of three public sessions on June 20th at TriCon Church in Concord. We announced the design team of Battle Associates, Brown Richards and Rowe Landscape Architects and Exhibition Designers ObjectIDEA. Historic Preservation Architect Rick Detwiller and Historic Preservation Landscape Architect Lauren Meier gave presentations on the findings of their research on The Old Manse and the historic 18th century barn that stood on the property from 1770 to the early 20th century. Lauren Meier’s Cultural Landscape Report as well as Rick Detwiller’s Contextual Barn Analysis are available for reading at The Old Manse.
Next steps: Armed with the research completed by our historic preservationists, our design team will proceed with a conceptual design for a Welcome Center at The Old Manse to meet the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, Rehabilitation. The conceptual design will be shared publicly at our second public session, set for Tuesday September 19th at 6:30PM at TriCon Church in Concord, where feedback will be requested..
Request for Proposals
View the documents related to The Trustees request for proposals for the Old Manse Welcome Center Project.
August 16 | 7PM
141 Keyes Rd: NRC Hearing for Review of Wetland Delineation
September 19 | 6:30PM
TriCon Church: Public Presentation and Listening Session