Phase 1 of OCC Library restoration underway
Work has started on renovations at the Old Colorado City Library. Original windows along the rear (north) wall were removed
about two weeks ago, and the contractor was reinstalling the restored windows this week.
Also this week, a mason was working on the exterior of the building, fixing mortar joints and repairing or replacing cracked bricks, according to Branch Manager Julianne Rist.
The work marks the early stages of a planned, $1.7 million multi-phase restorative effort.
The $450,000 first phase is being funded through a Colorado Historical Society grant and private donations. The goal is to restore the 101-year-old building that was a gift from wealthy philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
Other phase-one work will include upgrades to windows on the other three walls and to exterior doors and stairs.
The library will remain open during the work, according to Rist, with much of the activity to occur during off-hours.
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