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Athenaeum makeover still incomplete, supporters say

Posted by Ralph Ranalli September 21, 2007 11:31 AM

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John Stasik and Carol Getchell, both members of the Friends Of Saxonville, in front of historic Athenaeum building
(Globe staff photo by Bill Polo)

FRAMINGHAM

The roof and exterior of Framingham's historic Athenaeum Hall were finished this summer, but its makeover is still incomplete and organizers of the restoration are asking residents to once again dig into their pockets.

That's why the Friends of Saxonville will hold a fundraiser on the Athenaeum's front lawn.next Saturday, Sept. 29, said John Stasik, a selectmen and member of the organization. The group is asking people for a $35 donation and hope to raise at least $5,000.

The 1847 Athenaeum, formerly Saxonville Town Hall, was later used as a school and a jail, among other things. Architectural plans drawn up put the cost of restoration at an estimated $2 million, he said, and there have been at least three or four other fundraisers for the building over the past 10 years.

Over that time, the group has raised $60,000 toward the project. A state grant through former representative Deborah Blumer provided $75,000, which went toward the architectural renderings for interior restoration. The Town of Framingham also put $300,000 toward the project for stabilization purposes during the beginning phase of its restoration.

Organizers will provide tours from noon to 4 p.m. followed by a gala from 7 to 10 p.m. Call 508-371-4361 for more information or visit the Friends of Saxonville online.

-- Tanya Pérez-Brennan

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