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Friends of Fort Knox awards window restoration contract, receives grants

Posted Feb. 01, 2013, at 1:02 p.m.
Some of the windows that will be repaired or replaced at Fort Knox. Photo Courtesy of Friends of Fort Knox
Some of the windows that will be repaired or replaced at Fort Knox. Photo Courtesy of Friends of Fort Knox

PROSPECT, Maine — The Friends of Fort Knox (FFK) Board of Directors accepted a bid from R.L. White & Sons, from Hulls Cove, for an extensive window project at the Fort Knox historic site. There were a total of five bids submitted to Friends, which had publicly advertised an invitation to bid for the project.

The project will involve the restoration, repair or replacement of 15 windows within the interior of the fort, many of which are located on the exterior wall of the enlisted men’s quarters.

Over the years the wood frames of many of the windows have seriously deteriorated due to rot. In one case, a new window unit will be installed in the exterior wall of the ordnance room. The project is funded by proceeds from the Friends of Fort Knox’s annual fundraising event, Fright at the Fort.

In other project news, the organization has received two grants, totaling $20,000, from the Davis Family and Morton-Kelly Foundation, for masonry work at the fort. The masonry effort will focus on granite blocks that constitute the exterior walls of Fort Knox. Additional funding for the masonry work will be funded by proceeds from Fright at the Fort. Knox Masonry of Bucksport was the successful bidder for the masonry project and work is expected to begin this spring.

Friends Executive DirectorLeon Seymour said, “We are pleased to be able to further our mission of preserving Fort Knox.” He added that, “The organization has been excited to expand our role caring for this tremendous historic asset for the people of Maine.”

Seymour indicated that by Friends of Fort Knox assuming day-to-day management of the fort that the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands were able to move equipment and personnel assets to bolster other state park operations.

The Friends of Fort Knox mission is to preserve Fort Knox and enhance its educational, cultural and economic value for the people of Maine. Fort Knox is owned by the Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands and managed by the Friends of Fort Knox on behalf of the people of Maine. 

Contact Leon Seymour at 469-6553 for more information.

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