The Bennington Battle Monument will undergo a preservation assessment

The Historic Preservation Division has begun a year-long assessment of the Bennington Battle Monument for repairs and preservation.

The public is invited to see the engineers push back the monument on May 11.

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation (VDHP) is undertaking a year-long comprehensive assessment of the Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, Vermont, to better understand its condition and needs for repair and preservation. The assessment will include an analysis of the stone, the steel staircase, the electrical systems and the elevator.

On May 11, 2022, engineers and materials conservators will retire from the top of the monument to examine the stone and mortar, providing a live stream of information that will result in advanced imaging of any structural issues directly on the floor plans. preservation.

“The Monument is not an easy building to measure or examine. We can see that some of the stones are cracked on the outside, but we don’t yet understand how they structurally relate or link to the stones inside the walls, as a study like this has never been done.” , said Vermont State Director of Preservation Jamie. Dugan.

The investigation team brings together structural experts with national expertise and focuses on identifying the root causes of the distress in the monument. The data collected will provide detailed plans of areas requiring repairs and an accurate project budget. These repairs will ensure the monument’s long-term stability as a destination for visitors both in-state and abroad. Working in conjunction with the VDHP and the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services (BGS), renovation specialists from Stevens & Associates, Silman Structural Engineers, Vertical Access, Atkinson-Noland & Associates, Dubois & King, Allegrone Construction and Lerch Bates.

“We are proud to bring together a team with such a level of expertise in the masonry of historical monuments. The team is focused on identifying and delivering a path to long-term performance and planning well for the future,” said Peter Hack of BGS.

The assessment will not affect attendance at the Monument for the 2022 season, which begins on Saturday May 28and. The public and media are invited to watch the engineers push the monument back 306 feet on Wednesday, May 11and.

The Battle of Bennington Monument was built to commemorate the Battle of Bennington in 1777, a pivotal victory for colonial forces on the New England front during the American Revolution. Completed in 1889 at a height of 306 feet, the Monument is the tallest man-made structure in Vermont. The exterior of the stone monument is Sandy Hill dolomite, a blue-gray magnesian limestone quarried in New York.

The monument is managed by the Division for Historic Preservation, which is part of the Vermont Agency for Commerce and Community Development.

Bennington Battle Monument

Attention: The observation level of the monument is currently closed.

The tallest man-made structure in the state of Vermont commemorates the Battle of Bennington, a decisive victory by American forces on the New England Front of the American Revolution. On August 16, 1777, Green Mountain Boys from Vermont, New Hampshire militia and Massachusetts volunteers defeated British troops tasked with capturing supplies stored at the Bennington military supply depot, the site where the monument.

The design of a monument to mark the location of a critical supply depot began in earnest in 1876 with the incorporation of the Bennington Battle Monument Association. Former Governor Hiland Hall led commemoration efforts, fearing that “a smaller monument will remain unknown to the world and turn into an obscure art gallery.” The third design by J. Phillip Rinn, a well-known Boston architect, became the 306-foot monument we see today. The earth was laid on June 4, 1887 with a ceremony marking the laying of the foundation stone on the 110th anniversary of the battle. The two-ton cornerstone was laid on November 25, 1889. The Bennington Battle Monument was dedicated on August 19, 1891 with a grand ceremony led by President Benjamin Harrison and a gathering of tens of thousands of spectators.

The exterior of the stone monument is constructed of Sandy Hill dolomite, a blue-gray magnesian limestone quarried in the town of Kingsbury, New York. J. Phillip Rinn also designed the 417-step interior staircase. With its wide, angled steps and low risers, the Rinn Staircase allowed for a gradual climb to the monument’s observation level which offers spectacular unobstructed views of Vermont, New York and Massachusetts. The state of Vermont acquired ownership of the Battle Monument, the 1930 gift shop, and ownership of the monument in 1953 from the Bennington Battle Monument and Historical Association.

Montpellier, Vt. – The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation 5.6.2022

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