Preservation Trust of Vermont accepting proposals for former Vermont Marble building

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Preservation Trust of Vermont accepting proposals for former Vermont Marble building

Thu, 05/13/2021 - 6:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Preservation Trust of Vermont (PTV) is soliciting proposals from individuals, organizations, and businesses interested in acquiring 52 Main Street, Proctor, VT, home of the Vermont Marble Museum. PTV acquired 52 Main Street in 2014 as part of an effort to preserve and protect the collections of the Vermont Marble Museum when they went up for sale by the previous owner. PTV has since stabilized the building and now plans to transfer ownership to the next steward of this remarkable property.

“This building has played a critical role in both the history of Proctor and our nation. It was important to step in, secure the collections, and provide the community with the opportunity to have a say in the building’s future. We are looking for a new partner, creative and well positioned, to both house the Vermont Marble Museum in a portion of the building, and fully activate the rest of it for continued economic activity. This way, PTV can best ensure the building continues to be an asset for the Proctor and the region,” said Ben Doyle, President of the Preservation Trust of Vermont.

52 Main Street, a historic 87,275 square foot, two-story industrial building built in stages between 1880 and 1927, originally served as the home of the Vermont Marble Company. At one time, the Vermont Marble Company was considered the largest U.S. corporation in the world. Many of the premier monuments to American democracy were fabricated here, including the Jefferson Memorial, the Tomb of Unknown Soldier, and the facade of the U.S. Supreme Court building.

PTV has made several improvements to the property during its stewardship, including significant work on the fire suppression system, electrical system, water and wastewater systems, environmental mitigation, and roof. The building is partially occupied and is well suited for light industrial uses in addition to housing the Vermont Marble Museum, which is currently closed due to the pandemic.

PTV plans to give priority to proposals demonstrating an interest in operating the building to support economic and community development goals in Proctor and Rutland County, and which include the ongoing tenancy of the museum.

“Our hope is that any new owner of the building will work with the board of the Vermont Marble Museum to tell the story of this industrial heritage site, while also spurring new opportunities for local and regional economic development,” said Doyle.

A copy of the Request for Proposals can be found here:

The Preservation Trust of Vermont (PTV) is a statewide nonprofit organization committed to saving buildings and building community. 

Source: Preservation Trust of Vermont 5.10.2021