Historical society leases Corro House in Lincoln

Posted May 31, 2009, at 10:25 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:17 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — The Lincoln Historical Society signed a 10-year agreement with Town Manager Lisa Goodwin on Friday to lease the Corro House, one of Lincoln’s oldest and most historic buildings, from the town.

“It’s nice to have it all taken care of,” Goodwin said Saturday. “Now they can move forward with their plans.”

The society has been eyeing the building as a museum space since its appeal to the council saved the building from being razed by Nov. 6.

In a plan reminiscent of the Millinocket Historical Society’s proposal to turn the former Mott Apartment Building on Central Street into a home for its thousands of artifacts, the Lincoln society acquired the building for the space it provides, society members have said.

Built in 1836, the 1½-story Cape is just about perfect for the society, society members have said. It sits on a half-acre lot adjoining the Lincoln Memorial Library on West Broadway, is across the street from a restored historic schoolhouse the society owns, and is within easy walking distance of downtown.

It needs work, but the house still has many of its historic furnishings, including several small fireplaces and a doorbell with a pull line.

With member Rod Carr absent, the Town Council voted 6-0 in mid-May to authorize Goodwin to enter the town into a 10-year agreement with the society. There was no discussion.

Using a private endowment fund, the town bought the property for $85,000 in March 2006 to add the house and land to the adjoining library. Through a local management agency, the town rented the property for more than a year but found the arrangement unsatisfactory.

Under the terms of the nine-page lease, the agreement begins Monday, June 1, and ends June 1, 2019. Either party can give one year’s notice to terminate the lease without incurring penalties. The annual fee is $1,000.

The society accepts the property as is and cannot make major alterations to the building without town approval. The society also is required to pay for all improvements required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the lease states.

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