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  Merrimac Town Hall receives 2006 Preservation Award

November, 2006: Merrimac Town Hall was awarded the 2006 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award in a special ceremony November 15, 2006. Secretary of State Galvin presented the award for Distinctive Honor in Rehabilitation and Restoration.  McGinley Kalsow & Associates was engaged by the Town of Merrimac in 2001 to design the complete renovation and restore the character defining elements of the 1876 high Victorian Gothic structure designed by the noted architect Thomas Silloway. Three of the original four storefront bays were restored. The fourth storefront was modified to become the actively used, fully accessible entrance.
The key strategy in renovating the Town Hall was the decision to excavate and develop the uninhabited basement so that this area could be used for offices and meeting rooms. This decision allowed the second floor auditorium to be restored and used as an auditorium. A small addition was added to the Town Hall, which contains modern amenities: accessible bathrooms, elevator and egress stairs. This addition allowed actively used space to remain within the historic building envelope, while efficiently stacking the service core. Selective repairs were made on the exterior of the building including restoration of the double hung wood windows. Interior renovations addressed issues of life safety and user comfort and convenience by introducing 21st century building systems for town administration. Modern HVAC, electrical, fire protection, and telecommunication systems were carefully integrated with the building’s historic fabric.
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