Duluth Armory secures 250K through historical grant

By KBJR News 1

January 7, 2014 Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 10:48 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Sixteen million dollars is the estimated price tag to restore the Duluth Armory and over the last ten years people with the Armory Arts and Music Center have been trying to secure funding to do just that.

"The vision is to restore it so it will become an integral part of Duluth again," said Carolyn Sundquist, an Armory Board Member.

With the help of a $250,000 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society they are one step closer to their goal.

"We were just so thrilled to get the full amount that we had requested," said Sundquist.

The money will be used to make repairs to the outside of the building.

"This grant will help with repairing the mortar between the bricks which is known as tuck–pointing and will help keep the envelope of the building secure," said Sundquist.

Repairs the armory desperately needs. In April of 2013 a portion of the building's roof collapsed prompting them to apply for the grant.

"A section of the masonry parapet, and that's the wall the goes above the roof, it's a non–structural wall, but that collapsed after a very heavy snow storm. That was actually the wake up call for us that we could not put off the repairs any longer," said Mark Poirier, project development consultant.

The Armory Board will select a design team to do a detailed review of exterior masonry conditions and develop plans for the work.
They hope to start renovations this summer.

So far the Armory Arts and Music Center an has fund raised about $2 million for the restoration project and hope to secure another $2 million. They are also looking to secure some historical tax credits to help pay for project renovations.

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