Library’s Phase 1 work to start with windows April 4

       Phase 1 of the estimated $1.7 million preservation project for the Old Colorado City Branch Library is scheduled to begin Monday, April 4.
       Branch Manager Julianne Rist said the initial work will involve restoration of the 31 original windows on the 101-year-old Carnegie building. The windows must be removed for this purpose. This will take place one wall at a time, starting with the north wall, she said. After that will be the east, then west, then the south wall (where the building's main entrance is).
       Other work in the $450,000 Phase 1 project will include restoration/ replacement of exterior doors and stairs, as well as brickwork repairs, where needed.
       The library will remain open during the work, according to Rist, with much of the activity to occur during non-library hours. The contractor is G.E. Johnson.
       Funded through a Colorado Historical Society grant and private donations, Phase 1 is expected to continue into the summer. The library is submitting grant requests in hopes that Phase 2 (chiefly interior work) can pick up seamlessly from that point.

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