Ogdensburg City Hall to replace windows with $50,000 grant

Ogdensburg City Hall to replace windows with ,000 grant

OGDENSBURG — The community’s historic and ornate City Hall will soon receive a face-lift that will improve the building’s aesthetics and energy efficiency.Nearly two dozen windows at the Ogdensburg City Hall will be replaced as part of a project being paid for with a $50,000 state grant.The money, provided through the State Municipal Facilities grant program, was obtained with support from state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton.The Ogdensburg City Hall is built on the site of the Oswegatchie Town Hall and Opera House that was destroyed by fire in 1926, according to historical archives.The cornerstone of today’s Ogdensburg City Hall was laid in 1929, and the structure was officially opened and dedicated in 1930.Mayor Wayne L. Ashley said City Council will vote Monday on two resolutions related to the project. He said the first vote will entail formal acceptance of the $50,000 state grant. A second resolution will be to award a contract to Whitton Construction, LLC, of Gouverneur to install the windows and do any other related work.Mr. Ashley said 23 windows will be replaced, many of them as old as the building itself.“Some of the windows were installed when City Hall was built,” Mr. Ashley said. “By today’s standards, they aren’t as efficient as they should be.”Mr. Ashley said the company installing the windows will take care not to disturb the historic charm of City Hall.“It’s a beautiful building,” Mr. Ashley said.Although not the most historic building in the city by age, the 330 Ford St. structure is one of the most ornate.The facade over the four pillars is designed to reflect the symbols of the three sovereign powers that have governed the Ogdensburg and Oswegatchie area: France, England and the United States.The bell that is part of the structure’s bell tower weighs approximately 4,500 pounds and was made from a combination of copper and tin and cast at the Maneeley Bell Company in Troy. It is the same company that cast the original bell that was later destroyed by fire, according to historians.
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Ogdensburg City Hall to replace windows with ,000 grant

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