Fort Knox window restoration contract awarded to Hulls Cove companyFriends of Fort Knox receive $20,000 in grants
The Friends of Fort Knox Board of Directors accepted a bid from R. L. White & Sons, from Hulls Cove, for an extensive window project, at the State Historic site. There were a total of five bids submitted to the Friends.
The project will involve the restoration, repair or replacement of fifteen windows within the interior of the Fort, many of which are located on the exterior wall of the enlisted men’s quarters. Over the years the wood frames of many of the windows have seriously deteriorated due to rot. In one case, a new window unit will be installed in the exterior wall of the ordnance room. The project is funded by proceeds from the Friends of Fort Knox annual fund-raising event — Fright at the Fort.
The organization has also received two grants, totaling $20,000, from the Davis Family and Morton-Kelly Foundation, for masonry work at the Fort. The masonry effort will focus on granite blocks that constitute the exterior walls of Fort Knox. Additional funding for the masonry work will be funded by proceeds from Fright at the Fort. Knox Masonry, of Bucksport, was the successful bidder for the masonry project and work is expected to begin this spring.
“We are pleased to be able to further our mission of preserving Fort Knox," Executive Director Leon Seymour said. "The organization has been excited to expand our role caring for this tremendous historic asset for the people of Maine.”
Seymour indicated that with Friends of Fort Knox assuming day-to-day management of the Fort, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands were able to move equipment and personnel assets to bolster other State Park operations. Fort Knox is owned by the Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands and managed by the Friends of Fort Knox on behalf of the people of Maine.