Upper Valley Music Center Celebrates $97,980 Grant Award

The Upper Valley Music Center (UVMC), a community music school located across from Colburn Park in Lebanon, NH, will be getting a needed facelift. 

UVMC just received a $97,980 grant award from the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) to support the exterior renovation of UVMC’s home at 8 South Park Street, including masonry repair, preservation of a portico, and a roof replacement.

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“We are grateful for LCHIP’s investment in our community” said Ben Van Vliet, UVMC’s Executive Director. “The LCHIP award will enable UVMC to preserve the Kendrick-Wood House, providing a home for music education in Lebanon and community access to this historic resource for generations to come.” Van Vliet accepted the award of the grant and spoke at a press conference on Friday, December 7 in Concord NH. 


UVMC will use the LCHIP grant to preserve the exterior features of the Kendrick-Wood House, an 1816 brick building on Colburn Park in Lebanon which UVMC purchased from the law office of Downs Rachlin in 2017. With LCHIP funds and an additional $100,000 grant from the Timken Foundation of Canton, (read about it by clicking here) UVMC will be preserving the building’s character-defining brick masonry, repairing the Colonial Revival entrance portico, painting and repairing siding, and replacing the roof. These two grants are crucial to maintain stewardship of the historic building, covering expensive repairs to chimneys, a roof in the last years of its life, and damaged masonry.

UVMC has emerged as one of the pillars of the ever-evolving arts district in downtown Lebanon. It frequently coordinates events with the neighboring AVA Gallery and Arts Center and Lebanon Opera House. 

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